Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday that illegal immigrants who receive temporary work permits because of the recent policy change by President Obama would be allowed to keep them under a Romney administration.

“The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid. I’m not going to take something that they’ve purchased,” Romney told the Denver Post in an interview. “Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I’ve proposed.”

Earlier this year, the president issued an executive order that halted deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and who graduated from high school and avoided arrest.