As he tries to court Tea Party voters, Mitt Romney’s made a desperate, dangerous shift to the right when it comes to immigration policy. He supports “self-deportation” for undocumented workers with no regard to how long they’ve been in our country or what they’ve contributed. He’s said that the DREAM Act is a handout that he’d veto. And he’s been proudly touting the endorsements of people like Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, author of some of the most controversial immigration laws in the country.
At Wednesday night’s Republican debate, Romney took his anti-immigrant pandering to new extremes, calling Arizona’s infamously draconian anti-immigrant law “a model.” This is a law that permits law enforcement to stop, detain, or arrest an individual when there is “reasonable” suspicion that that person is undocumented. It’s the most controversial, divisive immigration law in the country, and Romney think it’s a “model.”
He’s easily become the most extreme candidate on immigration in modern history. As the Maddow Blog’s Steve Benen put it, “Mitt Romney, in particular, seems to be going out of his way to antagonize Latino voters, as part of his desperate bid to impress his party’s base.”
Call him out by sharing the video from Wednesday’s debate.