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Immigration, not the economy, is tearing the Latino community apart

LatinaLista — Ever since the Obama administration’s surprise announcement last week about deferring the deportation of undocumented youth, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has let others in his party do the talking for him.

Unfortunately, the range of the rhetoric — from a threatened lawsuit by Iowa’s Republican Rep. Steve King to Marco Rubio’s pouty announcement of shelving his own version of the DREAM Act — leaves the Latino electorate in doubt as to how exactly Romney would handle immigration reform.

If he has his way, Romney will continue to keep Latino voters in the dark about his plans, beyond the self-deportation proposal. In fact, in his appearance today at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials national conference in Orlando, rumors are that Romney will pretend the proverbial elephant in the room has nothing to do with immigration but only the economy.

Yet, as Maibe Ponet, the Opinion Page editor at El Diario/La Prensa wrote: It’s NOT Just the Economy, Stupid – Mitt Romney and Immigration Reform

The fact is more and more Latinos, irregardless of their personal stake in the immigration debate, realize that immigration reform is so intertwined with the Latino community that to pretend it doesn’t exist does a disservice to too many Latinos. Not to mention that the immigration issue is the one issue, more so than the economy, that is harmfully dividing the Latino community – a community that needs to be whole to help lift everyone out of this bad economy and put on the road to recovery.

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    BMoore
    June 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..” — Winston Churchill
    These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read: Unfortunately, most voters don’t know this.
    1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the
        wealth out of prosperity.
    2. What one person receives without working for, another person
        must work for without receiving.
    3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the
        government does not first take from somebody else.
    4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
    5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to
        work because the other half is going to take care of them; and
        when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work,
        because somebody else is going to get what they work for,
        that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

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