Mitt Romney’s Deportation of the Latino Vote

Mitt Romney’s Deportation of the Latino Vote

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During yesterday’s GOP presidential debate in the Grand Canyon State, Mitt Romney called Arizona a “model” for the country. And, when addressing Department of Justice lawsuits filed in response to the controversial SB 1070 immigration law, Romney then said, “I will drop those lawsuits on Day One.”

In cleverly stating that he essentially supports Arizona’s efforts to enforce immigration law, Romney put himself at odds with over 70% of Latinos who do not support SB 1070. He also showed that he is willing to let a law stand that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined to be unconstitutional.

Plainly, Romney has not been taking cues on immigration from his Mexican cousins. The lack of savvy on the Latino vote is both telling and As Politic365 contributor Andrea Nill Sanchez explained earlier in the month:

“…In fact, he proposes lowering levels of legal and illegal immigration. He opposes immigration reform and claims he only supports legal immigration. Yet, according to him, that means implementing a policy of attrition through enforcement – in other words, making life so miserable for undocumented immigrants that they choose to self-deport.  He has proudly boasted the endorsement of the primary legal architect of the harshest immigration laws in the country as proof of his commitment to such an approach.

Romney’s stance seems especially harsh coming from someone whose own ancestors benefitted from Mexico’s generous immigration laws.  In fact, there may have not even been a Mitt Romney if it weren’t for the refuge Mexico provided his family.”

Aside from not giving much credence to the hypocrisy in his own familial immigration story, Romney’s message last night also signals that in some ways he tacitly approves of the environment that SB 1070 left behind. In a post-SB 1070 Arizona, people witnessed racially motivated hate crimes, boycotts, and the banning of Mexican American studies at the K-12 level. And the former Massachusetts Governor didn’t even have to mention Sheriff Joe Arpaio by name – many Latinos naturally connote the controversial sheriff with the Grand Canyon State.

Last night, Romney also touted the E-Verify system in terms of sanctioning employers who hire undocumented workers.  Yet, this system has been found to have an error rate that could prevent citizens or legally authorized workers from working altogether. Not only is that problematic for “migrant workers,” but specific industries, such as agriculture, are already taking a big economic hit. Plus there is the cost of implementing this kind of system nationally that Romney did not mention.

In focusing on enforcement and highlighting Arizona as a “model,” Romney sealed his fate with the vast majority of Latino voters last night. He did not once offer a reasonable solution on how to deal with the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants already here in the U.S. Romney also didn’t say anything to help him win over a segment of the Latino electorate who might have been a little more receptive: Latino Mormons.

8 COMMENTS

  1. "Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries."

    "The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them."

    "Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to "assimilate," i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites."

  2. "What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?"

    "How long would it take anyone to realize I'm not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?"

    "And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn't object to this?"

    "But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews."

    "They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white."

    "Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white."

  3. My race, the White race demands a free and open public discussion regarding the attempt to turn ALL our countries Brown.

    Anti-whites like to say Diversity is “freedom” for non-Whites to enter White living space and “mix in” with whomever they wish.

    However, White people are not allowed to refuse this freedom, so it is the anti-whites diversity we are FORCED to accept.

    It's geNOcide.

    “Genocide involves the attempt to achieve the disappearance of a group by whatever means. It does not have to be violent, it could be a combination of policies that would lead to a certain group dying out.”

    — Malcolm Fraser (Prime Minister of Australia 1975-1983)

    Anti-racism is a codeword for anti-White.

  4. Africa isn't becoming non-black. African people don't have a policy of mass non-black immigration and assimilation forced upon them.

    Asia isn't becoming non-Asian. Asian people don't have a policy of mass non-Asian immigration and assimilation forced upon them.

    Yet EVERY White country has to accept a policy of mass non-white immigration and assimilation that no one ever voted for.

    The anti-whites want a mixed, blended humanity for EVERY White country ONLY White countries.

    They want White geNOcide.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

    • Nobody would call hispanic countries "ignorant" for wanting to stay hispanic. True ignorance is defaming people for wanting to preserve their shared values and ethnicity.

  5. Nobody is saying that Africa needs diversity.
    Nobody is saying that Asia needs diversity.
    They are already 100% diverse.
    People are only telling White children in White countries that they need diversity.
    White Countries will be 100% diverse when there are no White people left.
    Diversity is a code-word for White genocide; anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

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