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Mitt Romney just finished delivering his speech to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, stop #1 on a Hispanic outreach blitz this week that will also include an interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on Wednesday. Romney tried hard to play to the crowd, telling them that it was “good to be home” (the event was held in Los Angeles, California) and that “the Republican Party is the rightful home of Hispanic Americans.” He even re-mentioned his Mexican-born father, George Romney. Romney left the subject of immigration for the end, however, and said neither anything new nor anything of substance. Twitter panned the speech and slammed Romney for not further explaining his positions on self-deportation, the DREAM Act, or laws like Arizona’s SB 1070. Here’s some of our favorite tweets from the speech:
— Marshall Fitz (@marshallfitz) September 17, 2012
Romney to Hispanic Chamber: doesn’t say illegal immigrants should “self-deport” as he has before, but doesn’t say what should happen to them
— Alan Gomez (@alangomez) September 17, 2012
Mitt Romney: I’ll Fix Immigration, But I Won’t Tell You How
— L.A News (@Today_LA) September 17, 2012
— Kara D. Ryan (@HealthyKara) September 17, 2012
Did anyone hear specifics in Romney speech to Hispanic Chamb of comm, Beside shiftfrom “self deport. to “Self immigration[w/out lawyer]?
— Lafriq1 (@N2_language) September 17, 2012
Did no one tell Romney that the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce supported Obamacare and opposes nationwide E-Verify?
— Nicolas Mendoza (@nicmend) September 17, 2012
Mitt Romney addressing the Hispanic C Of Commerce.Um Isn’t this the man who vowed to make life so hard for Hispanics, they’d “self deport”?
— Michael HRH (@sodistracted) September 17, 2012
After Mitt Romney’s speech to Hispanic business leaders, the audience kindly waits for him to deport himself.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 17, 2012
@buzzfeedandrew Romney asks Hispanic audience to convince an illegal acquaintance to self-deport.
— raffine (@raffine9) September 17, 2012
When is Romney going to tell his Hispanic audience about self-deportation?
— Anna (@TallyAnnaE) September 17, 2012
Romney’s Hispanic CC speech promises “Freedom!” He goes through his 5 Point Plan which has no points really. Vague promises..
— Kat Truthe (@katruthe) September 17, 2012
Mitt Romney addressing Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. This is his #RNC do over without the chair. Still talking abt those 5 pt steps *yawn*
— Mamacita (@num1_fan) September 17, 2012
Waching livestream of Romney speech to US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. If there’s a new strategy, it’s hiding in the old stump speech.
— David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) September 17, 2012
Seeing Romney pander to the Hispanic community about how Obama is a danger to them is absolutely priceless #howcutemittens
— Bethany Holland (@lighttheworldup) September 17, 2012
Irony of Romney’s distortion-rich speech to Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: ENTIRE AUDIENCE KNOWS THE TRUTH re him & Obama’s record. @jdbalart
— Only4RM (@Only4RM) September 17, 2012
Romney reaching out to Hispanics at US Hispanic Chamber of commerce…his words just sound like lip service to me…
— Mel(@mellieandsammy) September 17, 2012
— Right Now I/O Feed (@rightnowio_feed) September 17, 2012
Without a hint of irony. RT @saralibby: Romney to Hispanic Chamber: “The Republican Party is the rightful home of Hispanic Americans.”
— The Ghost Who Walks (@jteeDC) September 17, 2012
but not your families. RT @saralibby: Romney to Hispanic Chamber: “The Republican Party is the rightful home of Hispanic Americans.”
— pnuts mama (@pnuts_mama) September 17, 2012
Who believe in self-deportation? MT @ap_ken_thomas: Romney: The GOP “is the rightful home of Hispanic Americans.”
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 17, 2012
Romney addressing Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in LA today. Romney quoted as saying “You need jobs? Who wants to be my gardener?”
— David McDonald (@jerkface_dmac) September 17, 2012
— Lord Daniel Boi (@dannyboi965) September 17, 2012
Oh, and for the record–since Romney didn’t discuss the DREAM Act, or self-deportation, or SB 1070 in his speech–here’s what he REALLY thinks needs to be done about immigration: