|For Immediate Release||
July 6, 2012
Romney Declined Invitation To Address The Largest Latino Civil Rights And Advocacy Group In The Country; Caves After Being Called Out Over Repeatedly Disrespecting Latinos
Las Vegas, NV – We’ll bet you $10,000 this isn’t a coincidence. After members of the Latino community held a press conference this morning calling out corporate layoff specialist Mitt Romney for once again disrespecting Latino families by declining an invitation to address the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy group in the nation, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported this afternoon that Romney has caved to pressure and is now sending a surrogate to the conference. We’re guessing Romney saying he would veto the DREAM Act – he even called it a “handout” – won’t be in the surrogate’s talking points.
“The fact Mitt Romney caved and agreed to send a surrogate to the conference only after he was called out over again disrespecting the Latino community only further highlights how out-of-touch he is with Latino families,” said Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Caving to pressure will not change Mitt Romney’s record of laying off workers and shipping their jobs overseas, his plans to cut education, or his opposition to the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. Nevada’s Latino community has a clear choice in this election between President Obama, who wants to move our country forward by creating jobs, working with Congress to pass immigration reform, and increasing funding for education, and Mitt Romney, who wants to take us back to the same failed pro-Wall Street, anti-middle class policies that have devastated Nevada families.”
Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new policy to make our immigration policy more fair and efficient.
President Obama said, “This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigration policy, to make it more fair, more efficient, and more just, specifically for certain young people sometimes called DREAMers. Now, these are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they’re friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants, and often have no idea that they’re undocumented until they apply for a job or a driver’s license or a college scholarship.”
President Obama continued, “This is a temporary stop-gap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people…”
“In the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, what we’ve tried to do is focus our immigration enforcement resources in the right places. So we prioritized border security, putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history — today, there are fewer illegal crossings than at any time in the past 40 years. We focused and used discretion about whom to prosecute, focusing on criminals who endanger our communities rather than students who are earning their education. And today, deportation of criminals is up 80 percent. We’ve improved on that discretion carefully and thoughtfully. Well, today, we’re improving it again.
President Obama concluded, “This is the right thing to do.”