Mitt Romney gets a lot of things right. He's dead on target with the war on terror, judges, and spending cuts. But on immigration, his statement on the Senate compromise is dead wrong.
We were never going to deport 12-20 million illegal immigrants. We can, however, fine them, make sure they pay their taxes, and find out who has been employing them and if not punish them, we will know who to keep an eye on.
A hard line on the border is a loser electorally. Not only is it impractical, but it also cost the GOP among moderates, Hispanics, the business community and farmers far more than it gained from the far right in the last mid-terms. The best they can do is to get this issue off the table so that there is no more GOP civil war - and they also need to make sure that the hard-liners understand that failure has a price.