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Bloggings on Immigration Law

by Roger Algase

Bloggings: Which is worse for immigrants - to be singled out for attack or to be deceived?

An article in the Washington Post describes in detail how Bertica Cabrera Morris, a Cuban-American political operative in Florida, is organizing rallies for Mitt Romney in Florida's Spanish-speaking communities. Admittedly, some Hispanics in Florida might not care a great deal about immigration as an issue. Puerto Ricans, of course, are US citizens by birth. Cuban immigrants do not have to worry about many of the things that other Spanish-speaking immigrants do. 

But Florida is a large and diverse state, with many immigrants from Latin-America who care a great deal about immigration. And what Romney says about immigration in Florida will be heard all over the country, not just in that state. This is why it is so difficult to imagine how anyone identified with any Spanish-speaking community, or communities, could possible support, let alone work for, Romney. Of course, money might be a factor, but this would not explain the evidently sincere conviction and zeal with which Ms. Morris is making great efforts on Romney's behalf.

Romney has made no secret about his extreme hard line on immigration, and has not budged an inch from it, even in Florida. He still supports harsh state anti-immigrant laws, still wants to deport every single one of the 11 million unauthorized men, women and children in America, and still says he would veto even the tiny step toward tolerance and humanity toward minority immigrants that the DREAM Act represents. 

True, Newt is not much better than Romney on immigration, but at least he is pretending to be, which may be better than nothing. Therefore it seems completely inexplicable bow any member of an Hispanic, or other minority immigrant community in America, could possibly support Romney, let alone actively work on his behalf. 

Surely, no rational person would give any weight to Romney's nonsense about his father's having been born in Mexico, as if that made the slightest difference, or his statement that he "loves" immigration. I have no doubt that he does - even if the immigrants whom he supports (he hasn't said much about who they are) turn out to be mainly hedge fund owners and venture (am I spelling "venture" correctly?) capitalists.

Thereore, it is hard to imagine how any minority immigrant spokesperson (self-appointed or otherwise) could support Romney - unless, that is, one looks at the alternatives. Newt Gingrich, I have already mentioned. But what about Barack Obama? Now, we may understand why some minority immigrant representatives might support Romney. Being openly attacked may be preferable to being deceived.

What is missing in this picture is any indication that leaders in Hispanic, Asian, or other minority immigrant communities are taking a stand on principle, as for example, the Tea Party claims to be doing on budget and tax issues (not to mention hard line immigration policies of its own). Does this mean that Hispanics and other minorities who care about immigration should form their own movement - a "Tequila Party", perhaps? This should be self-evident. It is hard to see any other logical choice.