Thursday, September 6, 2012

Romney on Immigrants at GOP Convention

As Kevin Johnson noted earlier, the Democratic National Convention featured Benita Velez, a DREAMer, as a speaker last night. Many speakers, including Bill Clinton, talked about the importance of President Obama's executive order for DREAMers. The need for comprehensive immigration reform has been a theme and is in the Democratic platform. I'm sure President Obama will mention immigration in his speech tonight.

I was curious whether Mitt Romney even mentioned immigration in his speech last week. He did...twice. here is the context of those sentences:

It is what brought us to America. We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.

They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life.

Freedom.

Freedom of religion.

Freedom to speak their mind.

Freedom to build a life.

And yes, freedom to build a business. With their own hands.

This is the essence of the American experience.

We Americans have always felt a special kinship with the future.

When every new wave of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty, or knelt down and kissed the shores of freedom just ninety miles from Castro’s tyranny, these new Americans surely had many questions. But none doubted that here in America they could build a better life, that in America their children would be more blessed than they.

For Romney's entire speech, click here.

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