Mitt Romney had two estúpido ideas in Monday night’s debate.
1) Undocumented immigrants should self-deport.
2) Support the DREAM Act only for students who will risk their lives in the military, not for students who go to college.
The first idea is quite absurd. Self-deport?!?
It’s actually a comedic idea created by political cartoonist and satirist Lalo Alcaraz who created a faux character Daniel D. Portado more than 15 years ago. He went on television and radio shows like This American Life arguing that immigrants self-deport. You also can follow him at @DanielDPortado.
His Twitter bio reads: “Noted Hispanic Self-Deportationist. Will do anything including deporting myself to support the anti-immigrant policies of the GOP. And I’m an immigrant!”
During the debate, Romney was mocked on Twitter for talking about self-deportation.
The idea that people from Mexico can go home and then get in line is oversimplistic. This is because the waiting lines are 15 to 25 years for many people Mexico.
If an immigrant agrees to go back after an immigration arrest, the act is called a voluntary departure.
Romney who once said he was completely against the DREAM Act now said he agrees with Newt Gingrich and favors the military part of it.
The DREAM Act is proposed legislation that has languished for almost 10 years that would grant legal status to undocumented youth brought here as minors, who complete two years of college or military service, and have good moral character.
The rationale is that these youth have grown up here, speak the language and can contribute to the United States. They also should not be blamed for their immigration status since they came here as children.
Now Romney said he would find a way to legalize those youth who want to go into the military. So he is saying if they are willing to die for the United States, they should be able to earn a green card.
But if they go to college and want to become a teacher, a policeman, a scientist or start their own business, Romney would deny them this opportunity.
It is wrong to send a message to youth that we want you to fight in our wars and we will reward you with a green card.
But if you want to make a difference in your own community, if you want to contribute and pay more in taxes than you would as an undocumented worker, then we say no. You must self-deport.
It’s even more ironic that Romney, whose own family once sought shelter in Mexico, would deny immigrant youth the same opportunity that Mexico gave his family.
If an immigrant youth decided of his or own free will to join the military, then he or she should be able to gain legal residency.
But those same youth who go to college and will contribute to the United States should also be able to gain legal residency.
The idea that the DREAM Act youth, or any undocumented immigrant, would self-deport is absurd.
Don’t expect the Republican candidates to gain much support from Latino voters with these nonsensical policies.
Maybe Romney is the one who should self-deport. I’m sure Mexico would take him.