Obama campaign questions Romney statement on immigration

DENVER (AP) — An Obama campaign spokeswoman says a new statement by Mitt Romney on immigration "raises more questions than it answers."

Romney, in an interview with the Denver Post, said he would honor temporary work permits for young illegal immigrants that were granted by the Obama administration. He says by the time the two-year visas expire, he will have put in place a "full immigration reform plan."

Obama announced in June that he would prevent deportation for some children brought to the United States by illegal immigrant parents. The program closely tracked with the DREAM Act, which failed to pass Congress. It would have provided a path to legal status for many young illegal immigrants. And Romney said during the primaries that he would veto the legislation.

The Obama campaign says Romney's latest statement doesn't make clear whether he would repeal Obama's policy, and whether he would deport those who have received a deferment when the two years are up.

The interview comes as Romney and Obama fight a heated battle for Colorado. The state's significant Hispanic population could determine which candidate gets the state's nine electoral votes.

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034-v-32-(Ed Donahue, AP correspondent)--Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he won't revoke the visas of young illegal immigrants. The AP's Ed Donahue reports. (2 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO COCD107: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, accompanied by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, shakes hands with a worker as he makes an unscheduled stop at a Chipotle restaurant in Denver, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (2 Oct 2012)

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