President Barack Obama addressed the crowd at National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Friday afternoon and a large portion of his speech addressed the DREAM Act and his recent decision to halt the deportations of DREAMers.
“The question we should consider is this: Was providing these young people with an opportunity to temporary measure of relief the right thing to do?”, Obama asked the crowd at NALEO.
“It was time we gave them a sense of hope and your speaker from yesterday has a different view,” Obama went on to say, referring to Mitt Romney.
“Almost four years ago…we gave someone new a chance to lead. Someone who we hadn’t known very long, who didn’t have much of a record but promised to lead us to a better place. When Barack Obama came to office, America wished him well and hoped for the best,” Romney said. “Three and half years later over 23 million Americans are out of work, unemployed, underemployed, or simply quit looking for a job. At a time when we should be gaining momentum in the economy, we’re actually seeing us lose a bit of it. Job growth has slowed. As you know, Hispanics have been hit disproportionately hard.”
Media outlets noticed Romney’s “softer tone on immigration,” as “The New York Times” put it, since the Republican primary season.
But that doesn’t mean he offered up anything new.
“He has time to make his case but he just nibbled around the edges yesterday,” longtime journalist and political observer Dan Rather.
“What this is really about is four states: Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and Virginia. Those are places where even a little nudge of the Hispanic vote needle in the direction of Mitt Romney can make a difference. He doesn’t expect to get the majority of the Hispanic vote,” Rather went on to say.
“This is Mitt Romney trying to sell Hispanics on the vision thing - that he believes he can lead and get a bigger plan in place..that is more long-lasting and far-reaching,” added “The Washington Post’s” Chris Cillizza during an appearance on Andrea Mitchell Reports. “The question is, ‘Do they believe him?’”
Lucky for us there is one person on Romney’s staff willing to share some secrets.
Ray Walser, a co-chair of Mitt Romney’s campaign for issues pertaining to Latin America shares secrets with The Daily Telegraph:
“My anticipation is that he would probably rescind this directive were he to be elected in November.” Mr Walser, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation and veteran US diplomat, said such a decision would be in line with the “very tough” stance taken on illegal migration by Mr Romney so far.