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Democrats: Jeb's Romney endorsement shows he's turning back on "sensible" immigration policy



DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair Iris Y. Martinez: “Jeb Bush used to be a leader in favor of sensible immigration proposals who was willing to work with Democrats on practical solutions for Hispanic families. But today he decided to endorse a candidate who would be the most extreme presidential nominee of our time on immigration and is wrong on every matter of importance to Hispanics. In doing so, Jeb Bush has picked politics and turned his back on the Latino priorities he once sought to bolster. 

"By fully putting his weight behind Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush is endorsing his call for immigrant families to self deport, his threat to veto the DREAM Act, his attack on DREAM Act students as ‘looking for a handout,’ his plan to nationalize the extreme Arizona anti-immigrant law, his attacks on Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and his wrong-headed approach on every other issue of importance to the community.


"Jeb Bush’s statement sends the message that it’s permissible for sensible Republican leaders to turn their backs on priorities of the Hispanic community as long as it’s politically convenient, and that it is acceptable for Republican leaders to scapegoat a group of Americans if it scores them a point with the far right. What Latinos are looking for in this election is not leadership of convenience, but of conviction – and that’s why they are looking to reelect President Obama."


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 3:47pm]


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