Indiana Undocumented Youth and Latino Voters Protest Romney
Braving the elements, undocumented youth and Latino voters from across the state of Indiana came out to voice their opposition to Mitt Romney’s extreme immigration rhetoric and “heartless” stance on the DREAM Act. Standing in solidarity with DREAMERS were women’s groups who chanted “Veto Romney, Not the DREAM Act.”
In the wake of Indiana’s SB1070 copy cat law, SB590, undocumented youth and Indiana Latinos have been mobilizing against anti-Latino candidates. This includes Mitt Romney, who has gone on record saying that SB1070 should be a model for the nation, and Richard Murdoch, Indiana’s Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senate, who has chosen to develop deep ties with Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Outside of the JW Marriott, Veto Romney signs were waved along side the “DREAM Quilt,” pieced together by undocumented youth hopeful for their future with messages such as “My Dream is to become a Teacher” and “My Dream is to become a Nurse.”
“Although the movement in Indiana is still young, the Latino demographic is growing and Latinos are becoming increasingly aware of immigration issues whether or not they or their families are undocumented” said Jose Alvarez, a DREAM activist from northern Indiana.