If elected president, Mitt Romney would end deferred action, the Obama administration's plan that allows young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation.
In an interview with the Denver Post last month, the Republican candidate said he would honor the two-year visas given to those who already have received deferred action. But Romney said he would end the program going forward.
"The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid," Romney told the Post editorial board. "I'm not going to take something that they've purchased."
Because President Obama enacted deferred action through an executive order, his successor can rescind it with the stroke of a pen. The deferred action alternative would cease to exist once Romney is elected. He said he will propose an immigration plan that doesn't include it after he takes office, and he also has said repeatedly he opposes the DREAM Act.
So for DREAMers, those who have received deferred action and those who hope to get it, the future is very uncertain if Mitt Romney wins the election. President Obama has pledged to keep deferred action in effect through a second term and also to continue to pressure Congress for a federal DREAM Act.
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