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Saturday May 5, 2012

Romney Disingenuous to Support Chinese Activist but Not Latino Immigrants Seeking a Better Life

Romney Disingenuous to Support Chinese Activist but Not Latino Immigrants Seeking a Better Life

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Republican Presidental Candidate Mitt Romney’s stance on immigration has solicited the attention of DRM Capital Group - Read the following:

Mitt Romney has come out calling the US policy on Chen Guangcheng, a political dissidence, a “dark day for freedom” and “a day of shame for the Obama administration.”  With such bold quotes on immigrant’s rights, you would think that he would support humane immigration laws at in the US, however, he remains entrenched in his no amnesty, self-deportation position.

In its report “In Hostile Terrain: Human rights violations in immigration enforcement in U.S. Southwest, Amnesty International examines the human rights violations associated with immigration enforcement at the border and in the interior of the United States, a product of a broken immigration system.  The report examines policies in the US, finding that many fail to meet the standards of international law to ensure human rights.  This includes police policies which push immigrants to the most dangerous parts of the desert resulting in hundreds of deaths each year, increased local policing of immigration has caused rampant racial profiling, state laws and local policies are creating barriers to immigrants accessing their basic human rights and US policies were encouraging human trafficking, amongst other conclusions.  These policies which are being cited, policies like Arizona’s SB 1070, are policies which Romney has called models for the nation. 

It is clear that Romney is willing to use human rights as an excuse to try to create wedge issues between himself and Obama as the election gets closer, however, will not recognize the clear human rights argument to change his own stance.  By attacking the boogeyman of China, he is strengthening his xenophobic base, much like the Pete Hoekstra ad with the Chinese girl speaking in broken English “your economy get very weak, ours get very good, we take your job.”  When he had the opportunity to explain what he would do for the millions of undocumented Latino immigrants from who have fled violence and poverty, he detailed his “self-deportation” campaign of causing as much misery in the undocumented community as he could to encourage them to leave themselves.