The Bloomberg interview isn't the only evidence of Romney's change of heart. He told
the Lowell Sun in 2006: "I don't believe in rounding up 11 million people and forcing them at gunpoint from our country. With these 11 million people, let's have them registered, know who they are. Those who've been arrested or convicted of crimes shouldn't be here; those that are here paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process towards application for citizenship, as they would from their home country."
Whether Romney -- and Gingrich and many of their presidential rivals -- have taken different sides of the immigration debate isn't in dispute. The broader problem is that aside from Gingrich, none of the Republican contenders -- no one in either party's leadership for that matter -- is putting forth a realistic plan to deal with the millions of undocumented workers who are already here.