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Hispanic Dems pounce on 'immigrant bashing' Mitt Romney for DREAM Act veto stance

As part of Democrats' orchestrated effort to go after Mitt Romney the day after his narrow victory in the Iowa caucuses, two Hispanic members of Congress bashed the former Massachusetts governor on immigration.

The chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Charlie Gonzalez of Texas, and Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, said Romney's immigration stance will hurt him with Hispanic voters. And they repeated the line from other Democrats that Romney's positions are so muddied he can't be trusted. 

Gonzalez and Becerra defended the DREAM Act, which would grant U.S. citizenship to immigrants who came into the United States illegally as children and now go to college or serve in the military. President Barack Obama has supported the legislation. Romney said Monday he would veto it.

"It really demonstrates how far he is from understanding the issue," Gonzalez said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon. "I understand in that particular field [of candidates] one will try to out-pander another, but you still have to be responsible…How do you paint yourself in such a corner on immigration where you can't walk back from that statement?"

Becerra said calling the proposal a handout is "offensive" to "hardworking people" such as Benita Veliz, a 26-year-old from San Antonio whose parents brought her to the U.S. when she was 8. She graduated high school at 16 and from a private university where she received a scholarship from 20.

"I wasn't looking for a handout then, and I'm not looking for one now," Veliz said of her education. "All we want is to give back to the country that gave us the opportunities we have. This is the only home we know."

Though her case was sent to immigration authorities three years ago after police pulled her over for rolling through a stop sign, Veliz said she has not been deported thanks to the Obama administration's policy to prioritize deportations of people with criminal backgrounds.

In Florida, which holds its presidential primary on Jan. 31, Romney's stance puts him at odds with high-profile Miami Cuban-American figures who have endorsed him. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, have said they backed Romney even though they don't see eye-to-eye with him on immigration.

"I have no idea how they're going to rationalize it from a policy point of view or any point of view," Gonzalez said of his House colleagues. "At this point it really comes down to immigrant bashing...It is going to place many many Republicans in a very difficult position."

Added Becerra: "Certainly we have to wonder who Mitt Romney is paying attention to, if he's not at least listening to some of his strongest Latino supporters who are leaders in the country. At the same time I think you have to reach a point where you have to questions some of the Latino supporters of Mitt Romney, and where they stand if they continue to support a candidate for president who could do great damage to the Latino community,

"A man who right now says that he would veto the DREAM Act if it ever had a chance to go to the president's desk is not someone who's a friend to Latinos," Becerra said.

The GOP hopeful with the best immigration policy proposals? Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Becerra said. "You never know what you're gonna get with Mitt Romney," he concluded.

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D. Porter

Illegal aliens aren't "immigrants." They are criminals and leeches. End of story.

S. Pena

Hmm... criminal and leeches?? And why is that? You have no right to judge any person, place or thing. You do not know what the circumstances were for them to have even come here.

S. Pena

and as far as the " link" you posted, lets take a look at all of the articles that feature blacks as druggies, or rapists, or white people as murderers. shall we look at the loudoun times mirror, or maybe the washington post?? or maybe the new york times, the leesburg today, or even the small town papers, such as the gazette. Get OVER your self!!

AngelicaS

The notion that in order to be "pro-Latino" you must be in favor of granting rewards for immigration lawbreaking is EXTREMELY INSULTING to both Latinos and other American citizens and LEGAL immigrants.

Matthew

Is there something that illegal...it means it is against the law all illegal immigrants are CRIMINALS.

gittarman45@aol.com

first of all I would like to say I am sorry to all the undocument people here in the USA -I have said some very bad things about them and one day it dawned on me they just want a better life better stuff better things for there familys I had it all wrong I was going about it the wrong way the law is for suckers and americans that bank on the corner has some money that will give me and my family all the good things I deserve now whare is my gun

DanY

Go home! if you don't like this country. Don't k***ing lie cracker.

jeff 2

Yep the line is drawn and you people who cross it illegally are breaking the law and should realize it is a bad example to others. You have to pay for crimes and that makes you a criminal when you continue to break the laws.

David W Caulkett

Bravo to Mitt Romney for standing up for AMERICAN students. Shame on the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald for their usual racial/cultural/Democratic/liberal pandering to ethnic groups.

THE MAIN ARGUMENT FOR THE DREAM ACT IS THAT CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHED FOR THE MISDEEDS OF THEIR PARENTS. HOWEVER, THE DREAM ACT PUNISHES THE CHILDREN OF CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS BY DEPRIVING CITIZENS AND IMMIGRANTS THEIR DREAM OF COLLEGE!!!!

The DREAM Act provides no funding for more college slots so a better name is the 'DREAM STEALING AMNESTY' Act because it is steals the college dreams from citizen students and gives those limited college slots to illegal alien students.

The 'DREAM' Act is a massive AMNESTY for up to 2.1 million illegal aliens who in turn could petition to bring in millions more. The bill has no GPA requirements and would provide AMNESTY for illegal aliens up to 35 years old.

Citizens, do you smell lies and massive fraud yet?

SAVE COLLEGE FOR CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS (I.E. IMMIGRANTS) AND NO COLLEGE SUBSIDIES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!!!

For the accurate story, see flimen.org.

David Caulkett, VP, Floridians for Immigration Enforcement

Immigration

Immigration rules became stringent and people found it extremely difficult to get a visa to enter the US. Even then the Independent Task Force of the Council of Foreign Relations has stated that ‘the continued failure to devise and implement a sound and sustainable immigration policy threatens to weaken America’s economy, to jeopardize its diplomacy, and to imperil its national security’ in its report in the year 2009.

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