Romney to Latinos: I'll Permanently Fix Immigration

Critics smell an Etch-a-Sketch moment
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2012 12:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – Mitt Romney will try to win over some of the nation's skeptical Hispanic voters today, with a speech at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that marks a shift in his tone on immigration. "Americans may disagree about how to fix our immigration system, but I think we can all agree that it is broken," he will say, according to excerpts published on CNN. "I will work with Republicans and Democrats to permanently fix our immigration system."

Romney doesn't offer any specifics in the excerpt, beyond saying that securing the borders will be his main priority, and that laws should "stem the flow of illegal immigration, while strengthening legal immigration." He also magnanimously adds that "America is a nation of immigrants." The speech represents a marked shift in Romney's immigration rhetoric, US News & World Report observes, a fact not lost on Romney's opponents: The Obama campaign released a two-minute "extreme makeover" parody today bashing Romney for the shift. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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