Sununu dodges on immigration

Romney surrogate John Sununu won't tell Salon if his candidate would overturn Obama's immigration policy

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, Mitt Romney, Chris Kobach,

Sununu dodges on immigrationColombian immigrants Daniel Nino, left, and his mother Patricia Cara get help filling Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals applications in Langley Park, Md. (Credit: AP/Jose Luis Magana)

Mitt Romney’s informal immigration adviser is suing the Obama administration over its new immigration policy, which gives some young undocumented immigrants legal status, but Romney has been cagey about what he would do with the policy if elected. Romney surrogate John Sununu, the former New Hampshire governor, demurred to provide a solid answer today when Salon asked him what Romney would do about the policy after a press conference on the GOP and Hispanic vote. “If Obama really was serious about that, he wouldn’t have been such a phony in doing that, and he would have done it four years ago. This presidency, by doing something late and politically, defined both his incompetence and his insincerity,” Sununu said after answering questions in Spanish with the Hispanic press.

During the GOP primary, Romney vowed to veto the DREAM Act, which would implement a stronger version of what Obama did through executive order, but since winning the nomination, he’s tacked to the middle and avoided striking the hard-line tone on immigration that made him one of the most conservative candidates on the issue in the GOP field.

Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and an immigration adviser to Romney, is the author of Arizona’s of infamous immigration law and took up a suit brought by 10 immigration enforcement agents against the new Obama policy last week.

Alex Seitz-Wald

Alex Seitz-Wald is Salon's political reporter. Email him at, and follow him on Twitter @aseitzwald.

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