The Straits Times
Published on Sep 17, 2012

Romney to pledge to fix troubled US immigration system


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will pledge to Hispanics on Monday that if elected he will fix the troubled United States (US) immigration system in an appeal to a rising voter bloc that overwhelmingly favours Democratic President Barack Obama.

Looking to rebound after a tough week in which he fell behind Mr Obama in the polls, Mr Romney will couple his immigration promises with a commitment to get a handle on America's problem of rising national debt and massive budget deficits.

This is part of the Republican's drive to spend more time talking about the specifics of his economic proposals in answer to voter demands for more information as they choose between him and Mr Obama in the Nov 6 election.

Mr Romney's immigration remarks to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be aimed at shoring up a weakness in his candidacy: the fact that a huge majority of Hispanics support Mr Obama.