On a press call today, experts on Latino voters, the politics of immigration, and the DREAM Act highlighted how Mitt Romney’s recent pledge to veto the DREAM Act will imperil his chances in the general election. Romney’s comments sit right at home with the GOP field, which has continued to stick to a strategy of tacking to the hard right on immigration throughout the primary season. However, as speakers discussed today, findings from an updated America’s Voice report suggest that this strategy only serves to threaten the GOP’s chances in the general election.

Last night was the official first start for the 2012 race to the White House, and as we expected the issue of immigration was never far from the limelight.

Though the candidates themselves are wary of naming possible running mates, a top Democrat on Monday said a ticket pairing presidential hopeful Mitt Romney with rising Republican star Marco Rubio would be “extreme.”

National advocates for immigrant rights are hammering Mitt Romney this week for opposing legislation providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrant students.

The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez is the only one in Mexico that can process and issue certain types of immigrant visas–including those for spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens. But violence in Ciudad Juarez, and other towns, has exploded in the last decade, and has accelerated since 2008 as Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared war on Mexican drug cartels.

Romney’s recent vow to veto the DREAM Act continues to dog him — and will be a major issue moving forward, especially in Florida. DREAMers sent an open letter to Romney, challenging his position. But, the GOP candidate reiterated his opposition to the DREAM Act today.

Today, America’s Voice releases an updated version of the report Why Do Elephants Put their Heads in the Sand?, which examines the immigration record and rhetoric of the Republican presidential field. The report assesses how, in contrast to past Republican leaders like Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party as a whole has moved to the anti-immigrant right. As a result, the GOP’s stance on immigration will hurt its competitiveness with Latino voters in 2012 battleground states. For example, Mitt Romney’s recent pledge to veto the DREAM Act crystalizes the problems that he and the Republican Party as a whole have in regards to immigration and Latino voters.

Washington, DC – Last week, Mitt Romney offered a fresh reminder that his pandering to the far right on immigration during the primary season will hurt his potential general election chances. In response to a question in Le Mars, IA, Romney pledged that he would veto a federal DREAM Act if the legislation passed Congress while he was President. His comments were widely reported in Spanish media and put the nail in the coffin of any hope Romney may have had of competing for Latino voters in the general election.

In case you missed, it over the holiday weekend, Mitt Romeny told Iowa caucus voters that he would veto the DREAM Act if elected president. We all knew Romney was running to the far right on immigration in Iowa, but this was his most definitive stance to date.