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Romney Outlines Tougher Immigration Stand in Direct Mail Piece

The former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been taking hits from immigration advocates for vowing to veto the DREAM Act, if he wins the White House.

Mitt Romney doesn't mince words when it comes to immigration.

The former Massachusetts governor values legal immigration, but wants to curb illegal immigration in the country, according to a spokesman for his campaign.

In Columbia, residents have received direct mail pieces outlining Romney's stance on illegal immigration, a subject that has been a big issue for South Carolina.

Did you receive one of the mailings? If so, email us at carolyn.smith@patch.com.

Last year, the state said it had to write its own immigration laws because the federal government had failed to take action against the flow of illegal immigrants into the country. On Dec. 23, a federal judge blocked portions of the law, saying it conflicted with federal laws.

In the one-page flyer that is expected to be mailed out statewide, Romney details his plans to stop illegal immigration, according to Ryan Williams, a spokesperson for the Romney campaign.

"The mailer talks about putting an end to magnets or benefits that illegal immigrants have, ensuring a tamper-proof system that allows employers to check the status of their employees and creating a strong border fence," Williams said.

Time and time again, Williams said that voters have brought attention to the very serious problem of illegal immigration in the United State.

"The Obama administration is opposed to common sense immigration laws," Williams said. "With Romney's plan there would be no magnets, no jobs, no holes in the borders."

Williams said right now it is easy for illegal immigrants to come in to the country and also for them to find jobs and to support their families, even though federal law prohibits the employment of undocumented workers. 

"Employers need an easier way to check who is legal and who is not," Williams said.

Romney's plan also address the need to enforce the law with employers who knowingly hire illegals.

On Saturday in LeMars, Iowa, Romney said he would veto the Dream Act, a bill that would provide legal status to some undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children, according to a Huffington Post article.

Several media reports said his statements have drawn criticism from immigration advocates. A Capitol Hill blog said his remarks could disqualify him in the minds of many Latino voters.

Thanks to Palmetto Public Record for sharing its image of the mailer with us.

Robin Kedroske January 04, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Are You Literate....?
Robin Kedroske January 04, 2012 at 07:29 PM
There will NEVER be another Amnesty, Scream Act OR Red Card Scheme, that is WHY we now have an est. 12-20 MILLION ILLEGAL squatting in this country, due to the last amnesty by reagan...!!!--There will be, tada: "Attrition thru Enforcement", meaning passage of E-Verify, enforce existing laws (duh), no benefits for ILLEGALS (also duh), sooooo when they can't find a job & no longer get Freebies...they will LEAVE...nuff said!!!!
Robin Kedroske January 04, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Are YOU crazy of just STUPID..."and obummer does NOT encourage ILLEGALS"....What a Fricking Joke YOU are....BLIND & DEAF as welllllllllllll
Joel Wischkaemper January 05, 2012 at 12:19 PM
if jobs are available and legals will not fill them seems we need workers and illegals fill this need. --------------------------------------------- If the employers won't pay a living wage, there is no way under the sun Americans can take those jobs and survive. Get rid of the illegal aliens and that will work itself out. But no one in this country should consider hiring an illegal alien. It is against the law.
wigglwagon January 05, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Stanley says, "and BO does not encourage illegals." The exploitive employers of illegal aliens will say and do anything to avoid losing their cheap, compliant labor. I am not sure that encourage is a strong enough word to describe what Mr. Obama has done. He granted a back door amnesty to millions of illegal aliens through what he calls 'prosecutorial discretion'.

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