Romney Campaign Responds to Sen Clinton on Illegal Immigrants Getting Drivers Licenses

“Senator Clinton's troubling answer on providing drivers licenses to illegal immigrants was emblematic of someone who is both dismissive of efforts to enforce our nation's immigration laws and entirely unwilling to offer a straight answer to a very direct question.”

-Kevin Madden, Romney for President campaign spokesman

The Romney Record

In Massachusetts, Governor Romney Opposed Issuing Drivers' Licenses To Illegal Immigrants And Enforced Our Immigration Laws:

Governor Romney Opposed The Issuance Of Drivers' Licenses To Illegal Immigrants. "'Those who are here illegally should not receive tacit support from our government that gives an indication of legitimacy,' the governor said, echoing arguments that opponents have voiced in the Commonwealth and in other states considering similar license measures. 'If they are here illegally, they should not get driver's licenses,' he said." (Scott S. Greenberger, "Romney Stand Dims Chances Of License For Undocumented," The BostonGlobe , 10/28/03)

· Romney Spokeswoman Shawn Feddeman: "With Illegal Immigrants, The Governor Believes We Should Be Careful Not To Legitimize Their Unlawful Presence In This Country." "Romney spokeswoman Shawn Feddeman said the governor still opposes the measure. 'The governor's focus is on helping immigrants who are in this country legally get the support they need to achieve the American dream,' she said. 'With illegal immigrants, the governor believes we should be careful not to legitimize their unlawful presence in this country.'" (Yvonne Abraham, "Stages Set For Local, National Battles On Immigrant Licenses," The Boston Globe , 2/9/05)

In December 2006, Governor Romney Signed A Memorandum Of Agreement With The Federal Government Deputizing State Troopers To Enforce Immigration Laws. "Governor Mitt Romney and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and ICE,which will give specially trained Massachusetts State Troopers the authority to administer and enforce federal immigration laws in the Commonwealth."(Office Of The Governor, "Governor Romney, ICE Sign Immigration Enforcement Pact," Press Release, 12/13/06)

Governor Romney Vetoed In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants. "Romney also vetoed a number of outside sections of the budget, including:… A plan that would have permitted illegal aliens to pay the same in-state tuition rate at our public colleges and universities as Massachusetts citizens." (Office Of The Governor, "Romney Signs $22.402B Fiscal Year 2005 'No New Tax' Budget," Press Release, 6/25/04)