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Dream Act supporters endorse Mitt Romney, who's mum on immigration in Miami

Mitt Romney traveled to the Florida county with the largest number of immigrants and touted the endorsements of three Cuban-American Republicans who crossed party lines to support the pro-immigrant Dream Act.

But not one word was specifically said about immigration — one of the most high-profile issue in Repubulican politics — at the endorsement event featuring U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz Balart and former Congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart.

In the Cuban-American community, few politicians carry such weight as “the three amigos,” as Ros-Lehtinen calls them. Lincoln Diaz-Balart is also popular with Nicaraguans and Haitians, who received amnesty under two bills he pushed through Congress in the late 1990s.

Nowadays “amnesty” is a bad word in Republican primary politics. Romney says he’s against the Dream Act, which provides a pathway to citizenship to some immigrants, and has inveighed against other “magnets” that lead people to illegally enter or stay in the United States.

After the event, all three Hispanic leaders acknowledged they disagree with Romney on immigration. But they said he is the best candidate in the crowded field — though former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is a friend who has more consistently backed their immigration approach.

“When you analyze in depth all of the candidates’ positions, there’s not the difference that some of you in the media are pointing to,” said Lincoln Diaz-Balart. “I differ with Gov. Romney on his approach and priorities with regard to immigration.”

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