Romney Decided to be the Most Extreme Candidate on Immigration

The Republican National Committee’s Hispanic outreach coordinator said yesterday that Mitt Romney is “still deciding” what his position on immigration is.

That’s odd—we’re quite sure Romney’s made his position on immigration crystal clear over the past several months, proving many times over that when it comes to immigration policy, he’s the most extreme candidate in memory.

But in case the RNC, or Romney himself, needs a refresher, these are the “severely conservative” positions Romney decided to take on immigration.

When asked if he would veto the DREAM Act, which creates a pathway to citizenship for responsible young people who entered the U.S. through no fault of their own, Romney said, “The answer is yes.”

Romney’s plan for dealing with undocumented workers is an inhumane “self-deportation” policy—what the New York Times describes as the “delusion” that “people can be made miserable enough to leave on their own.”

Romney endorsed Arizona’s controversial SB 1070, a law that allows random document checks and detainment. He went so far as to call it “a model” for enforcing immigration laws.

The company Romney keeps is telling. Just look at where his advisers, endorsers, and supporters stand on immigration. One of Romney’s campaign advisers is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped draft the anti-immigrant laws in Arizona and Alabama. Another author of the Arizona law, Russell Pearce, counts himself as a Romney supporter. And Romney has received endorsements from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed SB 1070 into law, and former California Gov. Pete Wilson, who is known as a “monster” in the Latino community.

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