Romney Slammed By Republican over Immigration
A prominent Miami power broker and Hispanic Republican accused presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney of not having sufficient compassion and leadership in his approach towards immigration. He warned that Miami Republican Party element would not engage on election day, if a more expansive immigration plan by Romney were not made.
Representative David Rivera is the representative from the southwestern region of Florida and the only Hispanic Republican House member not on the Hispanic Steering Committee of Romney. Romney has kept Rivera at arm’s length because of investigations made into the Representative’s personal finances.
Rivera recently introduced new legislation that would allow amnesty to some of the immigrants who came to the U.S. as young children. He said he has not seen any satisfying, serious proposal from Romney on immigration. Rivera said Hispanic voters want to have more specific details about the “permanent solution” Romney has been talking about, referring to the pledge made by Romney to correct the immigration system if elected. Rivera does not agree that Romney can bypass the immigration issue by only focusing on the high unemployment rate that Hispanics have, as has been his campaign strategy to date.
The economy, Rivera said, is the main issue for almost every voter, but there are other issues, which different voters consider important other than just the economy. For gun owners he said, gun rights are important and for Evangelicals, issues about pro-life are important.
Rivera commented that Romney has spoken about his positions on issues besides the economy therefore, immigration should not be the exception. Rivera said Romney needs to show more leadership regarding the issue by outlining in detail his proposal. Rivera suggested that Romney’s failure to express a comprehensive plan on immigration was due to his fear of tackling tough politics.