Roy Beck from Numbers USA wrote earlier this month:
NumbersUSA upgraded Gov. Romney's overall immigration stances from 4th to 2nd place in its rankings of 10 candidates and raised his overall grade a full letter. It is the most significant change in ratings since the 2012 candidate grading began last winter.
Gov. Romney is the only candidate who is talking about the jobs aspect of immigration policy right now. In terms of immigration stances that would benefit American workers and their families -- especially the unemployed -- Gov. Romney is beginning to show considerable promise as a candidate.
We still rank Congresswoman Bachmann's immigration stances higher because of good votes and co-sponsorships in the U.S. House, but she has not been as articulate as Gov. Romney on the campaign trail, and her ratings have remained unchanged since she first entered the race.
Being articulate about the immigration issue on the campaign trail is more important, in my opinion, than Bachmann’s votes in Congress, and Bachmann probably lacks the gravitas to be president anyway. I think Romney’s comment that people who oppose illegal immigration “have a heart and a brain” was brilliant. It would be better if he would say the same about those who oppose legal immigration, but unfortunately everyone is convinced that it’s racist to oppose legal immigration, and Romney is too smart to say anything that would be interpreted as being racist.
What’s the purpose of paying to educate illegal aliens if they aren’t legally allowed to work here after they graduate?
If Mitt Romney actually wins, he will probably be the most anti-immigration president since Eisenhower. Of course this isn’t saying much, as the continuing policy since the 1960s has been more and more immigration and continually ignoring the problem of immigrants living and working here illegally. But Romney will be ten times better than Obama and even better than both Bushes and Ronald Reagan.