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Hispanic students protest [Dream Act] during visit to Arizona by Mitt Romney

14 Feb
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Romney said to favor a version of the Dream Act, which only include military service, leaving out the college

A group of young Hispanics today protested against the Republican candidate Mitt Romney, during his visit to Arizona, for his position on immigration reform and the Dream Act

“We will not let Romney attack on immigrant youth, we are very upset and disappointed by his promise to veto the Dream Act in case of reaching the White House,” said Efe Matuz Sweet, president of the Coalition of Arizona The Dream Act

The Dream Act would allow undocumented students to legalize that, among other requirements they entered the country before age 16, completed at least two years of college or enlist in the armed forces.

The bill passed the House of Representatives in 2007 but did not achieve the 60 votes needed in the Senate to proceed to a final vote and returned to stay in doors in 2010.

Romney recently, one of the four remaining candidates for the Republican nomination in the presidential elections, said to favor a version of the Dream Act, which only include military service, leaving out the college.

“The current version of the Dream Act includes two options: the school and the army, we will not let his ideas pass legislation that is much less than what we are asking for,” said Matuz, a young engineering graduate undocumented Arizona State University (ASU, for its acronym in English).

Because of their immigration status, she, like many others, could not pursue his career.

The protesters, at least a dozen, also criticized the former governor of Massachusetts to support the “autodeportación” of undocumented immigrants.

Romney caused great controversy among Hispanics as a solution to raise the “auto deportation” of more than eleven million illegal immigrants estimated to live in U.S.

“That will never happen, I think America needs real solutions and it is not providing. We have to inform the Hispanic community to realize the kind of person who is Romney and can’t be playing with the Latino vote “he said Matuz.

In his opinion, this type of posture only further and further away Latino voter of the Republican Party because, he said, for the Hispanic community is a priority for comprehensive immigration reform.

“The candidates say that young people are the future of this country, but while they continue the attack on immigrant youth will not have the Latino vote,” the activist predicted.

The same view is Cesar Valdez, a 19-year-old who is studying translation.

Valdez, who came to this country when he was only four years, believes that none of the candidates offer realistic options to address the immigration issue.

The former governor of Massachusetts visited an amphitheater of the city of Mesa, adjacent to the state capital Phoenix, with a capacity for 5,000 people to promote their political platform before the debate between Republican presidential candidates, to be held in Arizona on 22 February where the primaries are scheduled for 28 this month.

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