In last night’s Republican debate in Arizona – Mitt Romney went on record to say “I think you see a model here in Arizona” regarding immigration reform. This is of course this law allows police to pull someone over for “looking like an illegal immigrant”. What constitutes looking like an illegal immigrant…being brown skinned, because they sure as hell aren’t worried about illegal Canadians. More on the law that Romney wants to see enacted across the country:
The law, which proponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Opponents have called it an open invitation for harassment and discrimination against Hispanics regardless of their citizenship status.
Source: NY Times
The bill is so extreme that not even Rick Perry would support it…
And the law’s constitutionality has been challenged to the point that it’s going to be reviewed by the Supreme Court this year:
The high court released on Friday its April calendar, listing immigration and other cases scheduled to be heard in its final argument sitting for the current term, which began in October and ends in late June.
At issue is whether federal immigration laws take precedence and pre-empt Arizona’s controversial law that gives local police broad new powers to crack down on illegal immigrants.
Steve Benen expands on just how many ways Romney has stood against the issues that Latinos care about:
If it were just one area of immigration policy in which Romney moved to the far-right edge of his party, it might be a little easier for him to appear more sensible when he reinvents himself again and starts making appeals for general-election votes. But it’s actually every meaningful area of the debate that’s proving to be problematic — Romney is an inflexible opponent of the DREAM Act; he’s palling around with Pete Wilson and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach; he endorses a “self-deportation” agenda; he’s critical of bilingualism; and his casual dismissals of “amnesty” and “illegals” are a staple of his campaign rhetoric.
Source: Maddow Blog
Of course – he used to support amnesty of illegal immigrants back in November of 2005…and Meet the Press calls him out on it.
Mitt Romney gets challenged by Fox News about his changing position on immigration. He doesn’t want to answer questions…kind of embarrassing.
But Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to mind illegal immigrants working in his house as maids and gardeners….
Mitt Romney goes on record against the Dream Act claiming to be for legal immigration and yet – against illegal immigration. Needless to say – the Dream Act allows non-Americans the ability to become Americans by either completing school or by serving in the military. So…he’s for legal immigration….he just doesn’t support laws that allow for immigrants to be legal – got that?
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