The Iowa caucus may have ended, but what is likely to continue during this Republican primary race — certainly through the upcoming New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida primaries — is the gap between what the GOP candidates say about immigration, and what voters themselves think of the issue.
Most voters I spoke to didn't have all the facts about immigration: that undocumented workers pay taxes; that border crossings from Mexico to the U.S. have plummeted to levels not seen since the Nixon era. Furthermore, voters are eager to come to a solution and restore order to our immigration rules. Voters long for leadership on the issue, while most of the candidates simply stick to their talking points.
Take Mitt Romney. At a restaurant in Le Mars, Iowa, the former governor said that if elected president he would veto the DREAM Act, a once bi-partisan bill that would grant conditional citizenship to undocumented Americans who grew up and were schooled here. Though Romney provided a caveat — saying he supported a path to legalization for undocumented youth who want to join the military — his hard-line immigration positions will determine how he attracts voters, Republicans and Democrats, should he clinch the nomination.
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