Thanks to Romney’s acceptance of Tantonian Kansas Secretary of State and anti-immigrant restrictionist Kris Kobach, that is highly unlikely to happen.Kris Kobach is the architect of the draconian and Constitutionally suspect anti-immigration laws such as Arizona’s SB-1070 and copy cat laws in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and other states. All which are being challenged in the courts.
As David Leopold recently wrote in the HuffPost;
But by embracing Kris Kobach and the Arizona/South Carolina draconian immigration laws he authored, Romney has boxed himself into the dark, ugly corner of the fringe anti-immigrant crowd who, when it comes to immigration reform, do little more than throw around phrases like “amnesty” and “illegal aliens”. The subtext of these words is sinister-that America is under a Latino invasion which threatens our culture, language, and way of life. Fixing America’s badly broken immigration system is not part of the restrictionist agenda. What they want, pure and simple, is to put an end to immigration, period. And since they have no serious plan to reform immigration, anti-immigrant extremists like Kobach, with whom Romney is now squarely aligned, rely on ethnically charged words and innuendo.
While it may help him in South Carolina, Romney’s move to the extreme right on immigration may cost him dearly down the road should he ultimately become the Republican nominee. The obvious fallout with Latino voters aside, anti-immigration agendas have rarely served American politicians well; just ask former California Governor Pete Wilson, former Rep. JD Hayworth, and former Rep. Tom Tancredo. That’s because, as the polls show, Americans are a compassionate people. They want the broken immigration system fixed, and a humane solution, including a pathway to legal status, for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country. The mass deportation “cattle car” approach espoused by the restrictionists is neither possible nor humane.
Indeed, on the heels of Kobach’s dubious endorsement, Roy Beck of NUMBERUSA put out a $100,000.00 ad campaign in South Carolina against, are you ready for this, LEGAL IMMIGRANTS! NumbersUSA is one of three organizations started by anti-immigration activist John Tanton, and they are all focused on decreasing legal and undocumented immigration. Another of the groups, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Our friends at SOMOS REPUBLICANS , a national watchdog group and the largest Hispanic Republican grassroots organization in the nation issued this press statement in response to Romney’s hard turn to the right.
Recently 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney stated he will veto the DREAM Act, therefore, SOMOS REPUBLICANS will veto Romney at the polls. On January 11, Boston, MA Mitt Romney today announced the support of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Unfortunately we believe Kobach has affiliations with hate groups and people who are anti-Semitic and anti-Latino via Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and the John Tanton network.
SOMOS REPUBLICANS is calling for all Floridian Latino Republicans such as Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R- FL) and Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R – FL) to denounce their support of Mitt Romney since Romney has received support from the architect of all anti-immigrant and anti-DREAM Act laws in the nation. We didn’t support deporting Elian Gonzalez, and we are asking all Latino Republicans in Florida to stop supporting the GOP Presidential candidate who wants to deport our “Elian Gonzalez equivalents.”
Somos Republicans and allied organizations have the power to make this happen. Especially in light of the fact that poll after poll show that 80% of the American people want true immigration reform, and end to tearing apart families and an opportunity for all qualified undocumented immigrants to become legalized.