The Tuesday night Florida GOP primary is fast approaching, and the leading Republican contenders keep outdoing each other on who is more anti-immigrant. The funny thing is that they’re both fatootsed (mostly with each other) when anyone calls them anti-immigrant.
It’s ridiculous. Mitt Romney flat-out said he would veto the DREAM Act, and Newt Gingrich says he’ll weaken it. They both want to gut the DREAM Act and limit its scope to only those who want to join the military.
“I wouldn’t sign the Dream Act as it currently exists, but I would sign the Dream Act if it were focused on military service,” is what Romney said at a Florida debate earlier this week.
Here’s the bottom line: there is only one DREAM Act, and it includes the right to an education. Politicians who want to veto or change it are anti-immigrant. Period.
We’ve started a petition telling Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich that gutting the DREAM Act is anti-immigrant. The DREAM Act is about opportunity. It will strengthen our economy, increase our taxpayer base, and yes, encourage young DREAMers to earn legalization by serving in the armed forces. But in the mutilated Romney/Gingrich version of the bill, young undocumented Americans can give back to their country only by enlisting in the military. DREAMers who want to contribute to our nation in any other way are flatly denied.
This is a critical moment for the countless young people across America whose futures depend on Congress passing the DREAM Act. We cannot let the Republican circus leave Florida and continue through the rest of the primary season thinking the DREAM Act is for sale.