- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 25, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — Republican Newt Gingrich says Mitt Romney’s call for self-deportation of illegal immigrants is an “Obama-level” fantasy that is inhumane to long-established families living in America.

The former House speaker ridiculed that part of Romney’s immigration policy during a forum Wednesday with the Spanish-language network Univision. Gingrich laughed at the idea and said it wouldn’t work.

Romney said during a recent debate that he favors what he calls “self-deportation” over policies that require the federal government to round up illegal immigrants and send them back to their home countries.

Gingrich says Romney’s proposal reflects a candidate who lives, in his words, “in a world of Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island accounts.” That was a jab at Romney’s wealth.


Romney was taping his own segment with Univision later Wednesday.