Romney Shakes the Etch-A-Sketch on the DREAM Act


Written by Annie-Rose Strasser

During the primary, when he only needed to appeal to hard right Republican voters, Mitt Romney promised to veto the DREAM Act, which provides young people who have lived much of their lives in the United States a path to citizenship. Now that Romney needs to appeal to Latinos in order to win the general election, however, he’s already breaking out his Etch-a-Sketch. This weekend he told a crowd at a private (but very audible) fundraiser that he would support a version of the DREAM Act.

This is a significant turnaround for Romney, who was extremely anti-immigrant for the bulk of the primary season. Indeed, Romney even campaigned with an anti-immigrant leader who has ties to hate groups and helped pen Arizona’s “show us your papers” bill — on Martin Luther King Day. But now, facing abysmal poll numbers among Latinos, Romney is changing his tune. “We’re going to be able to get Hispanic voters,” he said, “We’re going to overcome the issue of immigration”:

Mr. Romney was frank in both his policy prescriptions and his obstacles as he addressed donors. He said he expected Mr. Obama to use the immigration issue against him as both sides of the aisle pursue Hispanic voters, a key demographic group in 2012. Mr. Romney said he and other Republicans will have to make the case that they are the party of “opportunity.”

He said the GOP will have to propose its own initiatives to win support from Hispanic voters, such as a Republican version of the Dream Act. As offered by Democrats, the act offers a path to permanent residency for those illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as minors and serve in the military or earn a college degree.

In a sense, Romney is taking the right approach if he comes out in favor of DREAM: 91 percent of Latinos support the DREAM Act. It is likely, however, that Romney will only support a pale shadow of the real DREAM Act that enjoys such widespread support.

The leading Republican alternative to DREAM is currently being crafted by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). While real DREAM provides an eventual path to citizenship to students who were brought to this country and either attended college or joined the military, Rubio says that his watered-down DREAM Act will not, in fact, provide a path to citizenship.

If the Republicans rally behind a DREAM Act that does lead to eventual citizenship, it would prove an etch-a-sketch moment not just for Romney, but for Rubio, who has said that he would not vote for a full path-to-citizenship bill. If Romney’s proposal does not include a path to citizenship, then the half-hearted appeal for the Latino vote likely won’t suffice: Latino groups have deemed the watered-down bill the “DREAM Act without a dream.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Dorothy A.
Dorothy A5 years ago

I saw Gov. Romney on the new a couple of days ago and he was saying that President Obama should have pasted the Dream Act when he had the chance. Well, he did. The Dream Act pasted the House of Representitives and then went to the Senate where it pasted with 55 votes. Sadly the GOP blocked it with a filibuster and it could not become law without 60 votes. Now President Obama has used an Executive Order and the GOP is going nuts and calling it illegal. They don't mention that George W. Bush used the executive order over 280 times. Once again they block something then yell because it didn't pass and scream and cry when a Democratic President does something that was common for their parties President. They aren't interested in doing the best for the United States of America, they're just interested in power. That's why they met to discuss defeating President Obama on Inauguration Day. They weren't meeting to discuss the best way to work with him for the betterment of our country. I always believe that regardless of our differences, both parties wanted the best for our countries. The GOP and the Tea Party have finally broken that faith. All they care about is money and making more. Well, let's stop them. Vote in November and gain control of our country.

Billie C.
Billie C5 years ago

isn't not is. sorry

Billie C.
Billie C5 years ago

obama is getting really good at it too. anything that will get him a vote even if he's said i can't do that all of a sudden gets a royal decree from the white house no matter what laws he breaks. obama seems to think his oath of office was i'll do as i please not to uphold the laws of our country. at least romney is violating any laws or his oath.

Shirley A.
Shirley A5 years ago


The American Dream is for freedom, free speech, personal rights, the RIGHT to vote in a Democracy and working for the goal that makes ANY particular individual happy and content. Damn the people that would be so uncaring and socially depraved as to deny that to any one of their fellow human beings. "but for the Grace of God, there go I."

I agree with Laurie A. our Country has led itself into this "wallow of mud" with apathy, disconnection and the turn to the ignorant mantra of "greed is good" and "me first" attitudes. It is far passed is time for truth and personal responsibility to start setting this Country back on track but I would bet my home that if the Republicans gain any more power than what they have now you might as well kiss what's left of the "American Dream" good-bye for the majority of this Nation not just the "illegals" but if we go down so do the so called "job creators" and the Wall Street criminals eventually, it just wouldn't be soon enough for my taste after the incredible dark road they intentionally sent us down for more than a decade now. The American People need to wake up and REALIZE, the poor and middle class ARE THE JOB CREATORS by consuming the goods we need for daily life NOT the loaded and spoiled multi-national corporations and financial institutions that continue to feed on the very people that made them the raving money grubbing, lunatic asylums they have become using and abusing us all, legal or illegal.

Shirley A.
Shirley A5 years ago

Romney hits the Etch-a-Sketch on EVERY issue, it just depends on who's asking the question and what day it is. He turns on a dime trying to remember which right wing "talking points" he should say next so his huge dollar donors will keep supplying the prostituted man and campaign. Current lie, for example, that President Obama "has done nothing" regarding immigration policy. The delibertly lying manipulators some how forget the immigration law was sent to Congress by President Obama, passed by the House and failed in the Senate when the "my way or the highway" REPUBLICANS would not pass it. They AGAIN disregard that the Majority in this Country elected President Obama to institute policy that HE ran on and was elected to pursue. The current set of Republicans seem to have a real disdain for true American Democracy. Romney couldn't muster an original, truthful, intelligent though or point of view to save his sorry butt. He always has reminded me of the little doll with the lost gaze and starring eyes that you push the button on to program to say back everything you said when you hit record, only it's the greedy ass, power hungry, money peddlers that are making the recordings for him to repeat.

As far as the "American Dream" goes, it's as individual as there are individuals "chasing it." Not everyone wants to become a billionaire or even millionaire ESPECIALLY at the expense of others or a Nation. The American Dream is for freedom, free speech, personal rights, the RIGHT to

Shawn A.
Shawn A.5 years ago

If they want to live here legally, then they can go through the process. If they are here illegally then they need to be deported.

We need to stop the invasion from Mexico. And that is what they are doing, invading. It is not a standard invasion, it is a slow process. It has been going on for decades and it needs to stop. we need to send the message that illegals will be prosecuted and we will treat repeat offenders harshly. do it legally or be punished. No amnesty for illegals!

Kevin Cline
Past Member 5 years ago

That's why I miss Herman Cain! He doesn't fool around with etch-a-sketches. He has the magic 8-balls!

Nancy L.
Nancy L5 years ago

Go home if you're here illegally and return when you are allowed. No free rides.

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

Thank heavens the difference and secondary status elements are already getting media coverage!

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

Once we had the american dream....shake the we don't. Thanks Bain Capitol.