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Dan Moffett

Sen. Rubio Endorses Romney But Will It Sway Hispanics, Immigrants?

By March 30, 2012

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American rising star in the Republican party, just endorsed Mitt Romney for president, which in theory should give him a boost among Hispanic voters.

Except for a few problems. Romney is 180 degrees from positions most Hispanics support when it comes to immigration.

He opposes the DREAM Act. He opposes comprehensive reform that includes a path to legal status for undocumented residents. Romney also has talked tough during the campaign about mass deportation and building a fence along the Mexican border. His position on birthright citizenship still remains unclear.

Hispanics are the fastest-growing voting bloc, and if they contrast Romney's positions with those of President Obama and his administration, Republicans could have some serious problems in November, especially in swing states such as Florida and Colorado.

Obama says he's 100% for the DREAM Act and for allowing the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants a route to legal status. Nasty political battles over health care reform and the national debt made immigration reform implausible in Obama's first term.

But the president says that, if re-elected, he can find a way to get a comprehensive reform plan through Congress.


April 9, 2012 at 12:26 am
(1) Henryk A. Kowalczyk says:

By his approach to immigration Romney loses not only votes of Hispanics, but also some Americans who doubt his leaderships abilities.

If he is as skillful and talented a businessman as he claims, how comes that he does not see the nonsense of our current immigration policy? How he cannot see the shallowness of the anti-immigration rhetoric? He supports entrepreneurship in America, and out of the other side of his mouth he promises to chase out illegal immigrants instead of assimilating them. He cannot do both at the same time. He lies at least in one of his two listed above claims. I am puzzled that instead of finding a creative way to resolve our almost one hundred year old problem, in his political declarations Romney mindlessly follows an angry mob which is almost literally craving for the blood of illegal immigrants. Is he afraid that he has no chance of being elected by telling Americans as it is? Or, he actually does not know our problems and have no original ideas for what to do? I mean, besides following the mob mindlessly.

The dilemma is Shakespearian, to lead or not to lead, that is the question,

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