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Romney's Seasonal Visa Program Begins at Home

October 15, 2007

On the campaign trail in Michigan on Saturday, GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney announced his support for more seasonal visas for foreign workers laboring in tourism, agriculture and other sectors of the economy. As well he should. After all, Romney routinely hired illegal aliens to do the landscaping for his tony Boston area home.
Never one for irony, Romney offered his prescription for addressing peak labor market shortages and the undocumented workers they attract. During a stop in northern Michigan, Romney told the assembled he had the solution for the summer time tourism crush:

"The answer to that is simple, which is issue more visas. If our employment sector needs additional immigrant laborers, then issue the visas necessary to provide that work force...I'm not going to leave America's employers without the capacity to meet the needs of our consuming public."

But always desperate to pressure Republican front-runner Rudy Giuliani over the former New York mayor's supposed soft line on immigration, Mitt signaled his own willingness to crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers:

"That'll stop the flow of people into this country for work because they won't be able to get work."

Not, that is, unless they look for work with the Romney family in Massachusetts.
As the Boston Globe reported last December, Romney hired a landscaping firm that routinely utilized illegal alien workers to tend to his 2-1/2 acre family residence just outside of Boston. The firm also tended to the grounds of his one of his five sons, Taggart. The Globe team interviewed four undocumented workers in Guatemala who confirmed that Romney never asked for them or their employer to produce immigration papers.
Confronted by Globe reporters, Romney offered a Romneyesque response:

Asked by a reporter yesterday about his use of Community Lawn Service with a Heart, Romney, who was hosting the Republican Governors Association conference in Miami, said, "Aw, geez," and walked away.

Whether the issue is immigration, Iran, abortion or even his state of residence, Romney's gymanastic flip-flops and casual hypocrisy seem effortless. No help needed there.

One comment on “Romney's Seasonal Visa Program Begins at Home”

  1. Please stop writing about Romney. It's not that what you're writing is wrong. It's just that he's so unbelievably pathetic, these kinds of stories will never end...


Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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