Romney Promises to Veto Dream Act

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.

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  • davidct

    These candidates with their obsession with finding scapegoat and punishment for our problems offer no positive solutions to anything. They want to be sure to properly assign blame and anyone who votes for them should be ashamed of themselves.

  • d cwilson

    What do the Dream Act, a health insurance mandate, cap and trade all have in common?

    Answer: They are all ideas that originated from republicans, were championed for years by republicans, and are now derided by republicans as “job killing socialism”.

  • laurentweppe

    Answer: They are all ideas that originated from republicans, were championed for years by republicans, and are now derided by republicans as “job killing socialism”.

    The anwer is only partially correct: They are all ideas that originated from republicans during times when either democrats or the European Left had much stronger positions on all these subjects, were championed for years by republicans as a lesser evil than the “radical leftist” more gutsy proposition of the left, and are now derided by republicans as “job killing socialism” because they never intended to implement their own policies in the first place.

    If anything, Republicans are being more honest now than when they pretended to care about the common good.

  • Modusoperandi

    Laurentweppe, they’re the party of ideas, not actions. Unless it’s tax cuts. Or deregulation. Or minority-baiting. Then they’re a party of action.

  • Area Man

    “We gain nothing at all by sending them back;”

    We gain the satisfaction of punishing someone lower in the pecking order than ourselves. And that’s what modern conservatism is all about.

  • Modusoperandi

    Area Man, “modern”?

  • Doug Little

    they’re the party of ideas, not actions

    Moon mining and prosecution of the judiciary by congress are my two favorites.

  • fastlane

    It’s consistent at least.

    After all, they are punishing the children for the parents’ crimes. How very biblical of them.

    And I can see why they wouldn’t want the college educated to stay, but you’d think they would want the cannon fodder for the military.

  • d cwilson

    @Modusoperandi: Perhaps “contemporary” would be a better term.

  • anandine

    Yes, there are all those good reasons for the Dream Act, but don’t you see those people are brown?

  • abb3w

    …well, we lose something. Contrariwise, we also throw into the repressive society a relatively highly educated individual who’s been indoctrinated with a western worldview. This may be potentially destabilizing to such repressive societies.

    Of course, even if they do start a successful revolution, they probably will hold a grudge, and the resulting government will be less amenable to the US than the outgoing repressive government. Not to mention, throwing sand in the gears tends to be hard on the piece of sand. Still, from a somewhat ruthlessly pragmatic perspective and over the long term, it might amount to a net gain for the US.

    I suspect the Internet is more efficient, however.

  • timgueguen

    You’d think Romney would want to maintain the military service path to citizenship. After all if an “illegal” serves in the military that’s one less “True American” who can get killed in combat.

  • laurentweppe

    Moon mining and prosecution of the judiciary by congress are my two favorites.

    At least Moon Mining is awesome: throw in it a project to use the US millitary budget to build a bunch of space colonies and start a dyson sphere instead of bombs used to kill as many brown people as possible and I might start to reevaluate my opinion of the american Right.