During Wednesday evening’s Univision forum, Mitt Romney was asked four times if he would maintain President Obama’s directive allowing young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States on a temporary basis — but refused to offer a clear answer. Instead, Romney attacked President Obama for failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform and vowed to develop a permanent immigration solution. Romney did say that he opposes deporting the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants.
The whole interview was a joke. Romney derailed question after question. Truly disrespectful.
Raw Story reports: “Fresh off his state’s stinging immigration defeat before the U.S. Supreme Court, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) suggested during a Tuesday morning radio interview that Americans should vote President Barack Obama out of office — but if they do not, “impeachment is always a possibility.” Kyl was appearing on the radio with conservative talk host Bill Bennett, discussing the president’s decision to prioritize deportations of criminal immigrants over students who were brought to the country from abroad as minors.”
Hopefully Bill Bennett rubbed Kyl’s belly long enough for him to feel better. Yes, impeachment IS always a possibility but there has to be a reason for it — and, fortunately for the country, hurt fee fees or a president who happens to be a Democrat really aren’t reasons to impeach. Yet.
Mitt Romney 2012 — Because isn’t it time America had a president afraid to stake out an opinion on anything?
Romney’s ‘official statement’ is:
“Today’s decision underscores the need for a President who will lead on this critical issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to pursue a national immigration strategy. President Obama has failed to provide any leadership on immigration. This represents yet another broken promise by this President. I believe that each state has the duty — and the right — to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities. As Candidate Obama, he promised to present an immigration plan during his first year in office. But 4 years later, we are still waiting.”
Steve Benen comments: ”This one paragraph helps highlight so much of that’s wrong with Romney’s approach to campaigning for the presidency. He managed to say 104 words about a Supreme Court ruling, without actually taking a side — I know no more about Romney’s beliefs on this after reading his statement than I did before reading it.”
“The irony is almost jaw-dropping. Romney is certain we need a president “who will lead” on immigration policy, while at the exact same time, Romney refuses to lead on immigration policy. Put it this way: refusing to take a stand because one constituency or another might get angry isn’t leadership; it’s cowardice (and for the Republican presidential hopeful, it’s far too common).”
This is the reporter heckler who yelled at President Obama during his Rose Garden address on immigration and the Dream Act. His name is Neil Monro, and he works at The Daily Caller. That was not journalism, kids. Here’s video.
Travis Waldron explains three main ways those young people who are eligible for the DREAM Act are good for the U.S. economy:
Increase federal revenues by $1.7 billion over the next 10 years, reducing federal deficits by $2.2 billion over that time;
Help fill the 16 million shortfall of college-educated workers that is expected to hit the U.S. by 2025 (31.5 percent of science and engineering graduates coming from Latino backgrounds);
Help raise wages for American workers – “As long as a cheap, compliant pool of undocumented labor is available, employers have every reason to take advantage of the situation, keeping wages as low as possible,” Cristina Jimenez wrote in the American Prospect in 2010. “Only when undocumented immigrants have the ability to exercise complete workplace rights will they help exert upward pressure on wages and labor standards that will benefit other workers.”
As many as 800,000 young immigrants could avoid deportation under a new policy President Barack Obama plans to announce Friday, granting work permits to those who entered the country illegally as children.
Meanwhile, at the Republican ranch: They all look alike –
The RNC launched a new Spanish-language website designed to “have open communication about the goals and vision of the Republican Party” with Latino voters. Mashable notes a stock photo in the top banner “featured a group of children that weren’t Latino — but Asian.” –Political Wire
As the Republican Teaparty has taught us since Barack Obama won the presidency, the background of a candidate is completely fair game — particularly if that background doesnot involve the candidate’s ancestors being passengers aboard the Mayflower (and specifically if one’s ancestors are any race other than white). Fact: these are the people Romney panders to.
The write-up wraps with this: “Romney’s father, George, was born in Mexico and moved to the United States as a child. He went on to become the governor of Michigan.” Which… doesn’t tell us what’s being discussed. Let’s go back to what Schweitzer told Jacobs.
While discussing swing states, Schweitzer said Romney would have a “tall order to position Hispanics to vote for him,” and I replied that was mildly ironic since Mitt’s father was born in Mexico, giving the clan a nominal claim to being Hispanic. Schweitzer replied that it is “kinda ironic given that his family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico, but then he’d have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico, given the gender discrepancy.” Women, he said, are “not great fans of polygamy, 86 percent were not great fans of polygamy. I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a polygamist and approves of [the] polygamy lifestyle, but his father was born into [a] polygamy commune in Mexico.”
Schweitzer did not say that Romney’s “dad’s dad was a polygamist.” He said that Romney’s dad was born into a “polygamy commune in Mexico.” This is true. In the 1880s, Miles Romney — the great-grandfather of the current GOP candidate — established a commune in Mexico with the express purpose of allowing the church to continue that practice after the United States cracked down on it. Miles took another wife in 1897, while living in the colony. Gaskell Romney, his son, didn’t engage in plural marriage. So both Romney and Schweitzer, talking past each other, are right.
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) is causing a bit of a stir with his comment that Mitt Romney’s family came from a “polygamy commune.”
In an interview with the Daily Beast on Thursday, the outspoken governor suggested Romney could identify with Latinos better if he talked about his family’s roots in Mexico.
It’s “kinda ironic, given that his family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico, but then he’d have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico, given the gender discrepancy,” Schweitzer said. (Schweitzer noted that women, in particular, object to polygamy, or the practice of having multiple wives.)
[…] The truth is that Romney should be able to draw on his personal history for ammunition to fight back on issues such as the Latino vote and his image as a fat-cat businessman. But in both cases, fighting back would require reminding people that he’s a Mormon.
Romney has given more than $11 million to charity over the past 12 years, but 80 percent of it went to the Mormon Church, according to a recent Boston Globe report. So even if Romney wanted to talk about the $1.8 million that went to other causes, he would probably have to broach the Mormon issue — at least a little bit.
What if we request that Willard Romney educate us all a little better on his full family history and his religious faith: Mormonism — and by the same exacting standards and with all the careful insight, civility, and respect as was provided by the base of his own party.
In 2008, Romney calls Osama bin Ladin “Barack Obama” –
More from Romney:
“Unfortunately, possibly because of the people the president hangs around with, and their agenda, their secular agenda – they have fought against religion,” Romney said. [Feb/2012]
“I think there is in this country a war on religion. I think there is a desire to establish a religion in America known as secularism. … We are now all Catholics. Those of us who are people of faith recognize this is — an attack on one religion is an attack on all religion. It’s one more reason we need to get rid of Obamacare. It’s also one more reason we need to get rid of Obama.” [Romney, Apr/2012]
Romney’s Message: Obama’s Not a Real American | David Corn – Romney doesn’t call Obama a commie. He doesn’t question his birthplace. He doesn’t say the president is a criminal. He doesn’t suggest he’s Muslim-y. He doesn’t declare that Obama hates America or harbors anti-American views. But Romney has welcomed the backing of those who make these types of claims, and he has even courted these over-the-top Obama foes (as he did with Nugent, after the gun-lovin’, aging rocker had violently threatened Obama and Hillary Clinton). He legitimizes and exploits those who engage in Obama hate-mongering and who debase the political discourse Romney claims to care about. More important, with his own words, Romney has attempted to reinforce the notion that Obama is not truly part of the nation he leads. He has mainstreamed the Obama-ain’t-really-American meme of the right. And that is hardly civil.
"As a Republican, I am saying that the way Republicans have talked about this issue has been harmful to the party…The dialogue has been mean, and we find our party facing an uphill battle because of the way we talk about this issue, immigration. I worry about the future of this country in a post-9/11 world. We need to know who is in our country and why…I believe we don’t need a $3,000 fence [sic]. It is a waste of money. I do agree we need a secure border, but we can do so without a fence."
Yeah the way Republicans have talked about this issue AND EVERY OTHER ISSUE: women, gays, the poor, non-whites, Trayvon Martin’s murder, democrats, the unemployed, OWS protesters, the citizens of Iran and Afghanistan and Iraq, Muslims, government employees, teachers, veterans, the uninsured, etc etc etc…
"Despite the harm caused by a harsh immigration law in the neighboring state of Alabama, Mississippi State Rep. Becky Currie (R) filed a bill, HB 488, that would implement an Alabama-style law in Mississippi. Unlike anti-immigrant laws in states like Georgia and Arizona, Currie’s bill includes Alabama’s unconstitutional provisions driving the children of immigrants out of schools and potentially making it a felony for undocumented immigrants to take a shower."
"We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat."