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"Gov. Romney was very clear, he would veto the Dream Act."

Obama adviser David Plouffe, in comments on Fox News Sunday

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The ruling: TRUE

Since President Barack Obama announced a new policy to suspend deportations for some young illegal immigrants, his campaign has been touting that policy and putting down his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

"Gov. Romney has said he would veto the Dream Act," Obama adviser David Plouffe said recently.

"Gov. Romney essentially said the 11 million here ought to just go home. They ought to self-deport. So, this is someone you're not going to be able to trust," Plouffe added.

We wanted to know if Romney specifically said he would veto the Dream Act because we often find distortions when one campaign describes its opponent's position.

A little background: The Dream Act is the federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, a bill proposed several times over the years but never passed.

Generally speaking, it pertains to children brought to the United States illegally by parents or relatives. If the young people have stayed out of trouble and were in school or in the military, they would be allowed to move to a legal status and not be deported.

We went back to the archives of the Republican primary and soon found what Romney had to say about the Dream Act. Here's Romney's answer to a voter on Dec. 31, 2011, in Le Mars, Iowa, who asked if he would veto the Dream Act if Congress passed it:

"The answer is yes," he said. "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 in this country. Those who serve in our military and fulfill those requirements, I respect and acknowledge that path. For those that come here illegally, the idea of giving them in-state tuition credits or other special benefits I find to be the contrary to the idea of a nation of law. If I'm the president of the United States, I want to end illegal immigration so that we can protect legal immigration. I like legal immigration."

(We should note that the Dream Act did not automatically award in-state tuition to anyone.)

So while Romney does support an element of the Dream Act regarding military service, he's on-record saying he'd veto the larger proposal. We rate Plouffe's statement True.

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