Romney Is Wrong on Immigration


Of all the GOP contenders in the field it is ironic that the one Governor who hails from a border state is coming under fire for his immigration policies.  Nothing is more disheartening to me than cringing while watching one of the debates and hearing the fiery rhetoric from candidates like Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann who insist a border fence must be the best solution to the border. I am proud to have grown up in a border town but the way I hear our Texas-Mexico border talked about you'd think these candidates never bothered to even google search the area and learn about the safe city I live in, a metro area known for its job creation, rich culture and affordable cost of living.

Instead the candidates talk down to us, perhaps thinking since it's the primary us South Texans don't matter much.  The Politico ran a story discussing how this "brilliant" strategy will inevitably backfire:

“If he makes it to the general election, Romney will inevitably drop his right-wing rhetoric on immigration. But Hispanic voters, and all Americans, will not forget Romney opportunistically demagoguing immigrants in order to appeal to the Tea Party,” said Priorities senior strategist Bill Burton. “Romney has committed himself to a hard-right immigration policy that is far out of mainstream public opinion.”

Go figure.  It's the same issue that cost Hispanic voters in past elections yet the GOP seems determined to shoot itself in the foot instead of focusing on job creation and lower taxes.

The fact that Romney is a frontrunner in this election is disturbing considering his own faux pas which greatly outweigh Perry's bipartisan supported in state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

For those who still support the border fence....$6.5 billion later, was the fence really worth it?

U.S. government investigators say it will cost taxpayers $6.5 billion over the next 20 years to maintain the Mexican border fence.

But as the Obama administration realizes the long-term costs of the border fence, it does not have a way to evaluate whether this investment has helped control illegal entries into the U.S, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report.

That same fence, which originally was proposed by the federal government to cut out a piece of the University of Texas at Brownsville, still has no solid research to see if it actually benefited the taxpayers directly affected by it...right, those of us here on the border.

“There’s almost no solid research on the border wall,” Wilson said Saturday. “We all paid for that wall. Is it actually having the desired or claimed result?”

The Border Fence Research Collaborative (BFRC) is in its earliest stages, but on Saturday three students gathered with Wilson and Benavides to discuss the research initiative that is set to involve academia from the University of Texas at Austin, UT-Pan American and Mexico’s Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Lerma as well as different organizations focused on the border wall.

Perry is the only candidate of the GOP contenders who has experience on the border and has real solutions for the problem of illegal immigration.  In a world where Perry is being accused of being "soft" on the border...well, the GOP is just handing Democrats more and more ammunition for the general election.  Not to mention, they are successfully alienating voters like me.

If you still don't think this is a race issue, then I'm waiting for the day the Canadian border gets discussed as much as the Mexican border or when protestors dressed up in sombreros and ponchos stop showing up to Perry events...or maybe when MSNBC doesn't bust out the token Hispanic TV personality to ask immigration questions.