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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Romney Dances In Occupied Aztlan!

Source: Bradenton Herald
Romney dodges immigration issue in South Florida

MIAMI - A presidential candidate seeking a toehold in the nation’s biggest battleground state, Mitt Romney railed against Cuban leader Fidel Castro but did not repeat prior calls for a crackdown on illegal immigration in a speech Friday to the Miami-Dade Republican Party.

“As president, I will stand side-by-side with the members of this community in fighting the menace of the Cuban monsters,” Romney told about 500 activists at the local party’s annual Lincoln Day fundraiser.

But the Cuban-American politicians Romney reached out to in his speech don’t agree with his strict stance on illegal immigration.

Sen. Mel Martinez and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart all support efforts to allow illegal immigrants to work toward citizenship.

Romney has said such legislation - sponsored last year by rival John McCain - amounts to “amnesty.”

After the speech, when reporters asked him about his immigration policy, Romney said he advocates tighter border control and “employment identification cards” so businesses don’t hire illegal immigrants.

Some Republican leaders at the event said his positions could alienate Miami-Dade’s influential Hispanic population in Miami-Dade.

“He’s going to have problems in South Florida,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, who was part of a group of elected officials that met with Romney before the event.

Jose Lagos, vice president of the Latin-American Voters League, confronted Romney after his speech.

“I was undocumented and now I am here legally, and I can’t turn my back,” he told reporters in Spanish. “We need comprehensive immigration reform . . . This is an issue that has resonance here.”

Al Cardenas, a Cuban-American attorney and the former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, indirectly defended Romney’s immigration position when he introduced the former governor of Massachusetts:

“Gov. Mitt Romney is someone who understands that sense of fairness and justice,” Cardenas said.

Armando Valladares, a well-known Cuban dissident who spent 22 years in prison, sat on the stage during the speech.

Romney came in fourth in a recent poll of Republican voters in Florida - behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is not running for president, according to a recent poll by Quinnipiac University. Romney garnered support from 6 percent of the voters.
So after receiving amnesty for his crimes all Senor Lagos can think about is making sure he stocks this country with several million more ingrates just like his ungrateful ass. I believe he would be the poster child for why amnesty is always a very bad idea.

Lesson #2: Political candidates cannot talk about enforcing the law in areas that have already been overrun by our cheerful invaders. How is this a good thing exactly?

H/T immigration watchdog

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