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June 21, 2012 2:59 PM Mitt’s Micro-Mini DREAM Act

By Ed Kilgore

Well, Mitt Romney did not entirely dodge the immigration issue in his speech to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials today (as he did in last month’s address to the Latino Coalition). The main burden of his remarks, as reported by TPM’s Evan McMorris Santoro, seemed to be: “You may not like my position, but it’ll be consistent.”

In terms of the president’s recent DREAM Lite initiative (which preempted the perpetually-under-development DREAM Lite initiative of Sen. Marco Rubio, who may or may not be a prospect for the vice presidential nomination), Mitt stuck to his grudging admission that the children of undocumented immigrants who serve in the military should not be sent in cattle cars back to wherever they are from—or even “self-deported,” a phrase Romney used during the primaries but that has since been moth-balled for the duration. I guess you could call it the “Micro-Mini Dream Act.”

Overall, it appears Team Mitt has taken the advice of those urging him to write off any effort to appeal to Latino voters on non-economic grounds, while battening on enhanced support from white conservatives who admire his refusal to pander to those brown people with their demands for “amnesty.” Whether this tactic makes good sense or not, it is certainly congruent with his broader strategy of insisting that no one be allowed to discuss any issue other than macroeconomic statistics.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • T2 on June 21, 2012 3:11 PM:

    “You may not like my position, but it’ll be consistent.” What? Consistency is not the trademark of a person known as Mr. Flip-Flop.
    And since he is running for office, for pete's sake, having a large group of people "not like" your position on the MOST important thing in their lives isn't too shrewd, politically.
    It sounded more like Mitt was lecturing his gardeners than a major Hispanic political group.

  • David in NY on June 21, 2012 3:13 PM:

    "battening"? Maybe, but seems odd to me.

  • Ron Byers on June 21, 2012 3:14 PM:

    I guess this means the President is assured of 4 more years. The question now is whether the Democrats can develop enough gumption to pick off the house and hold the Senate.

  • c u n d gulag on June 21, 2012 3:16 PM:

    My bet is that Mitt know less about real macroeconomic statistics than he does about WaWa and it's amazing digital hoagie ordering technology.

    Something tells me that Mitt was a titular head, who had a bevy of CPA's to choose from to help him not make a tragic mistake.
    And if any mistake was made, some CPA's fell on their pencils.

    Mitt didn't want to do anything at Bain, except to make extreme amounts of money.

    Mitt doesn't want to do anything as President, except to make his, and his family and cronies, extreme amount of money, permanent.

    And prance around acting like the President.
    In other words: WII.

  • Ron Byers on June 21, 2012 3:24 PM:

    Have you all seen the polling lately. Romney is falling off the table and he hasn't even had his convention. Nobody likes him. He seems hopelessly ill advised on virtually every position. The SOB is stuck pandering to an increasingly small part of the electorate who have no reason to trust him.

    It isn't even the 4th of July and already the electorate is drifting away from the reality show called the campaign. If the Romney campaign were a television show it would be cancelled.

  • boatboy_srq on June 21, 2012 3:39 PM:

    @CUND - there's a shorter description of the History of Mittens that you gave us. It's called the Entitlement Mindset.

    Because, after all, he's running for pResident, for Pete's sake (and it's fun), and it's his turn, also too.

  • CyraNose59 on June 21, 2012 3:41 PM:

    How is immigration reform not an economic issue?? Just asking.

  • Josef K on June 21, 2012 4:10 PM:

    I guess you could call it the “Micro-Mini Dream Act.”

    Actually, I just call it "pathetic". Which when you think about it summarizes the entire Romney Campaign to date.

  • T2 on June 21, 2012 4:30 PM:

    and then there's the LDS 900 lb. gorilla, still in the closet.

  • Ken in Tenn on June 21, 2012 4:53 PM:

    Very little analysis of this all-Hispanic volunteer army Mitt wants to create. You have to wonder how Joe Arpaio is going to feel leading an all-Mex army into the coming end-of-times battle to secure our border from the marauding Latino hordes.

  • Curator on June 21, 2012 5:05 PM:

    Not one word of analysis about Mitt qualifying his "amnesty" for illegal immigrants with "who serve in the military"? Come on people. Is that a good or bad thing?

  • J on June 21, 2012 5:49 PM:

    We'll let those mexicans serve in the military so that my 5 sons don't have to!

  • thebewilderness on June 21, 2012 8:36 PM:

    I think it is hard for him to talk about because his beliefs require that the children be punished for the sins of the parents. There is no way to say that and still sound like a decent human being. The Republicans have been implying it for years, but saying it straight out prlly won't come till after the permanent Republican majority is in place.