He's been awfully quiet today. When pressed, he echoed Rubio's statement, saying "I happen to agree" with him. Here's Rubio:
There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future. This is a difficult balance to strike, one that this new policy, imposed by executive order, will make harder to achieve in the long run.
Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem. And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.
It is not, strictly speaking, an executive order, but leave that aside. The president agrees with Rubio that he would prefer a comprehensive immigration reform. But the GOP won't hear of it – and Romney pledged to veto the DREAM Act in the primaries. Which is why, if Romney is now agreeing with Rubio on this suggestion that this is a distracting downpayment on real Congressional action, McKay Coppins is right:
But did someone tell the base that? At some point, it seems to me, Romney will have to explain his sudden shift on an issue he was insistently draconian on in the primaries – and enrage his base or alienate Latinos even further. Does he think, as Rubio does, that we need a legislative solution to the problem of the innocent children of illegal immigrant parents?
Rick Perry, call your office. Romney lied in order to defeat you. He does that kind of thing.