What will happen to Obama DREAM relief if Mitt Romney wins?

The GOP has never even tried to hide its hatred for illegal immigrants and Mitt Romney is no different.  In the past he has consistently opposed any relief to undocumented immigrants, but right now he is fishing for Latino votes, and like everything else, he is willing to say anything.

Thankfully, he clarified something honestly.  As I had initially argued that if Republicans control either the White House or Congress or both, Obama Deferral Program for Young People is pretty much dead.  This can now be confirmed.  Today Romney declared, "Some people have asked if I will let stand the president's executive action. The answer is that I will build my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president's temporary measure."  In simple words, this is one of those Obama executive orders that he will repeal on the very first day of his office.  Remember that as Barack Obama learned after becoming president, it is not easy to pass legislation even when you control Congress.  Using something called filibuster, just one senator can destroy any legislation.  Assuming that not only Romney wins the 2012 presidential election, but also the GOP controls both houses of Congress, there is simply not enough support among the Republicans to grant any benefit to undocumented immigrants.  Actually, some of the Tea Party members are so strongly opposed to any reform, that I expect things to get even uglier.
So should I apply for a work permit under the Obama Plan?  This is a tricky question.  If the process moves forward as planned, and you apply on the very first day the USCIS starts accepting applications, considering the backlog at the agency and the reluctance in Congress to approve funding for government agencies, expect delays lasting months if not years before you get a EAD and social security number in order to work legally.  And if Romney repeals the Obama memo, you have now provided all the information that the ICE needs about you to start deportation proceedings.

One option is to wait till the November 2012 elections and not apply till then.  If Obama is reelected you can apply, but if Romney wins, it might not be worth the risk for a few months of work authorization.

Update:  Romney announces that Obama DREAMer work permits will be honored by him but no word on whether the DACA program will be renewed. 

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