Mitt Romney made himself the butt of a lot of jokes during the 2012 Presidential Election when he insisted that the Republican Party's solution to America’s immigration problem was self-deportation; however, people on the right did their best not to ridicule him at the time.
The moratorium has been lifted, apparently.
While appearing on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of several key Republicans looking to revise the party’s position on immigration, described Romney’s plan as an ‘offensive’ one. Graham made it clear that the Republicans were no longer opposed to allowing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and that he honestly believed reform was just around the corner.
"The politics of self-deportation are behind us," Graham said.
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"Mitt Romney's a good man. He ran in many ways a good campaign," he added. "But it was an impractical solution. Quite frankly, it was offensive. Every corner of the Republican Party -- from libertarians to the RNC, House Republicans and the rank-and-file Republican Party member -- is now understanding there has to be an earned pathway to citizenship. That gives us leverage on immigration with our Democratic friends."