President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Gov.
Mitt Romney on Monday issued a joint statement calling for a new path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and a crackdown on illegal immigration in the U.S. The statements were the latest in a series of announcements from the candidates, including their support for a path to legal status for illegal immigrants.
Here are the highlights of the president’s immigration plan, released Monday: Obama wants to get illegal immigrants off the streets, work and study and build a pathway to citizenship.
He said he supports comprehensive immigration reform that would allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the country, but the president would not call for a pathway.
The White House said the president believes the path to permanent residency for undocumented workers should be the same for everyone, regardless of their legal status.
“Immigration is a human right, and it should not be based on a few individuals,” Obama said.
“We should be building a wall, making sure that we have a robust border security system, ensuring that we protect our borders, and ensuring that all of our undocumented workers are treated fairly.”
Obama also said that the U:ll be “very vigilant” about enforcing our immigration laws.
“I am committed to doing whatever I can to ensure that the law is enforced, that our borders are secure, that all Americans are treated equally under the law,” Obama wrote.
“But this cannot be the end of the story.
Romney, in a statement released Monday, said that he would continue to work with Democrats on comprehensive immigration legislation that would provide legal status to undocumented immigrants. “
The only way we can truly restore the trust and confidence that Americans have in our government is by enforcing our laws, and that means we must work together with our friends and allies in Congress to pass legislation that will help strengthen our border and our immigration system and provide a pathway for those who have been brought here illegally and who want to stay.”
Romney, in a statement released Monday, said that he would continue to work with Democrats on comprehensive immigration legislation that would provide legal status to undocumented immigrants.
“Romney and I agree on one thing: Immigrants deserve the chance to earn a decent living, secure our borders and work with the American economy to create a better life for themselves and their families,” Romney said.
Obama’s plan will be the focus of a debate Wednesday on the CBS News presidential forum hosted by the network.
That debate is set to begin at 10 a.m.
ET and will be moderated by CNN political analyst Dana Bash.
Biden, in an interview with ABC News on Monday, also called for a comprehensive immigration plan.
“My hope is that it will be one that includes comprehensive reform to the way that the undocumented are dealt with,” Biden said.
He added that he is confident that President Obama and his fellow Democrats are committed to solving this problem, but that it remains an open question.
The president has also pushed for a crackdown of illegal immigration and has called for ending the “catch-and-release” policy.
“These are not easy or cheap decisions, but I am determined that the American people have a pathway that works for everyone,” Obama told ABC News.
“And it must include work permits, not just a pathway but a path for work.”
Bush, in the same interview, said he believes that immigration is a moral issue and said that if you can’t do it with a straight face, you have to at least make sure that it’s done with compassion and respect.
“There is a difference between being compassionate and being tough, and I think the tough thing about illegal immigration is that we need to have the ability to deport those who are here illegally,” Bush said.
Biden has also called on Congress to make changes to the law.
“It’s time for the Republican Party to start making some tough choices,” Biden told ABC.
The vice president has previously advocated for a border wall and for an end to the “deadly Catch-and Release” policy that allows some illegal immigrants to be released after crossing the border.
Bush has also said he would support a path toward legal status, saying he supports the idea of an individualized immigration system.
Bush said that “when you come to the table, you need to make the case for a different immigration system, not one based on what the president has proposed.”
Romney has also criticized Obama’s proposal to increase border security and said the border should be protected from “illegal immigration.”
“The president’s approach has failed miserably in stopping the illegal tide of migration,” Romney wrote in a campaign statement.
“He’s given up too many people to their own fate and he’s failed to secure the border.”
Romney’s statement comes after the GOP candidate signed an executive order directing DHS to provide a “prosecutorial review” of immigrants who are detained at the border and the DHS to expand its enforcement.
The order also called out the Obama administration for not “immediately taking the proper steps” to crack down on those who illegally enter the U, and for not providing “any assurances” to