Undocumented Youth March to Confront Mitt Romney
They will confront the Republican candidate on his extreme immigration & LGBTQ positions.
Los Angeles, CA.- Undocumented youth will confront Republican nominee Mitt Romney in a 4 state tour, kicking off with hundreds of DREAMers coming out to rally against Mitt Romney in Los Angeles, where he will speak at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
For the immigrant and LGBT community, the worst of the extreme rhetoric has either come from, or was embraced by, Romney. The Romney campaign continues to ignore immigration for fear of alienating Latinos. The economy is a top issue, just as they are for all voters. But Latinos don’t appreciate candidates who demonize immigrants either.
On immigration, Mitt has embraced Arizona’s SB1070, promised to veto the DREAM Act, put forward a “self-deportation” policy to do everything he could to drive undocumented immigrants out, no matter the means. He has yet to explain what he would do about President Obama’s executive DREAM Act, a program already providing undocumented students a chance at an education and saving them from a constant fear of deportation.
The government has reported that nearly 72,000 young people have a applied, a low number that some has said results from the uncertainty of what Romney would do if he won the White House. Although Romney is incredibly secretive, his rhetoric on immigration was clear during the primaries, and it isn’t difficult to speculate that he would END the program.
On gay issues, roughly a week after the story of him brutally bullying a classmate for possibly being gay was covered in the media, Romney went to Liberty University to give a commencement speech where he rededicated himself to a “traditional” definition of marriage that excludes gays. Romney comes from a party with a recent history of discriminating against gays that includes fighting the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, pushing legislation like the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 to block gay marriage in California. Many undocumented young people also come from the LGBTQ community and we stand in solidarity.
The DREAMers will be waiting for Romney in Salt Lake City, Dallas, and Miami. As DREAMers continue their ambitious operation to register and inform voters, it is clear that Mitt Romney has failed to genuinely connect with Latino voters as he continues to stand by his extreme positions on immigration and gay rights.
WHO: DREAM Team Los Angeles, IDEAS UCLA, National Pursuit of DREAMs, DREAM Action Coalition
WHEN: Monday , September 17, 2012 at 10:30AM
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 S. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, California 90015 and Marco to Marriott, 900 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015