(WASHINGTON TIMES) DENVER — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said this week he will not deport illegal immigrants to whom President Obama has granted temporary legal status under his new non-deportation policy, and also set a deadline of passing a broader immigration bill in his first 18 months in office.

It marks the first softening of Mr. Romney’s immigration stance since he took a hard line in the primaries, saying illegal immigrants should not gain legal status.

Previously, Mr. Romney refused to say whether he would allow Mr. Obama’s non-deportation policy to stand, but on Monday he told the editorial board of the Denver Post that those who received “deferred action” — an official notice that they are not going to be deported and can live and work in the U.S., though they are not actually deemed to be here legally — “should expect the visa to continue to be valid” if he is elected.

 

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