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Mitt Romney Softens Immigration Rhetoric in Speech to Latinos

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“Mitt Romney’s speech perfectly summarized what he has to offer Latinos: nothing,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said. “No amount of evasive rhetoric and vague pleasantries will hide the basic fact that Mitt Romney won’t stand up for the Dream Act, supports Arizona's discriminatory, anti-immigrant laws and believes immigrants should ‘self-deport.'"

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) echoed that sentiment.

“He has no proposal on undocumented immigrants and continues to dodge the question of whether he will continue President Obama’s policy to suspend the deportation of DREAM Act students,” Menendez said. “On legal immigration, he endorsed a proposal that I’ve championed to allow the spouses and kids of green-card holders to get visas immediately, yet his party has failed to endorse that approach.”

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