Mitt Romney continues his pandering to the right by promising to veto the Dream Act if Congress passes it (which isn’t likely anyway). The Dream Act would give a path to citizenship to kids who were brought to the United States illegally and grew up here as long as they either join the military or finish college.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday that he would veto legislation that would allow certain illegal residents to become American citizens.
“The answer is yes,” Romney said during a campaign stop here in western Iowa, when he was asked if he would refuse to sign what’s known as the DREAM Act.
Romney has said before that he would oppose the legislation, which would legalize some young illegal immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military. But Saturday was the first time he’s explicitly said he would veto it.
Democrats immediately seized on Romney’s remarks. “Wrong on principle and politics,” David Axelrod, the Obama campaign’s top political adviser wrote on Twitter in response. The Democratic National Committee called Romney’s stance “appalling” in a written statement.
And appalling is exactly what it is. I’ve known some people who would benefit from this act, young people who were raised in this country and are as American as you and I who face deportation because their parents broke the law, often being sent back to repressive countries where they know no one, don’t speak the language and face a bleak future. We gain nothing at all by sending them back; in fact, we lose a lot by doing so.