Round up: GOP on immigration and Latinos

Article author: 
Elizabeth Aguilera
Article publisher: 
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Article date: 
1 September 2012
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The GOP finalized its immigration platform last week in Tampa at the party’s national convention but not a single speaker took on the issue in their prominent prime-time speeches.

The party platform is based on the ideas of legal immigration, enforcement and self-deportation. Some of the enforcement strategies will include implementation of a national worker verification program, restricting federal funding from universities that allow in-state tuition rates to undocumented students, and the completion of a double-layer border fence.

Throughout the primaries, GOP candidate Mitt Romney said he would veto the DREAM act, held up Arizona’s state immigration laws as a model for the country and said the idea of  “self-deportation” for the undocumented immigrants is best.

This week Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragoisa criticized the GOP saying that it could not just trot out Latinos to speak and expect the Latino community to jump on board.

"Window dressing doesn't do much for a candidate. It's your policies, your platform. This is a party with a platform that calls for the self-deportation of 11 million people," he told reporters earlier in the week. Read it here.

Texas GOP Senatorial candidate Ted Cruz said this week he would ask Mitt Romney, if he becomes president, to cancel President Obama’s deferred action for certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.