Republican presidential front runner Mitt Romney has said that if he is elected president, he will veto the legislative proposal on the Dream Act.
Replying to a voter's question at Le Mars in Iowa Saturday, Romney said that he didn't endorse certain provisions in the Dream Act that would provide legal status to immigrants who entered the country as children.
He said that he didn't favor undocumented immigrants receiving state tuition credits and other special benefits, just by meeting certain educational criteria mentioned in the bill.
According to the Dream Act, the people who entered the U.S. before they turned 16, lived in the country for consecutive five years and have clean criminal records can get legal residency status. To get citizenship, they should be under 35 years old, should have a GED or graduated from a U.S. high school and attend two years of college or the military in the country.
However, he said he could favor certain provisions of the bill, which authorizes legal status to the immigrants who serve in the military.
I'm delighted with the idea that people who come to this country and wish to serve in the military can be given a path to become permanent residents of this country, he said. He said that he would take all possible steps to curtail illegal immigration and would protect legal immigration instead.