In direct contrast to President Obama, Mitt Romney said on Saturday at a campaign stop in Iowa that he would veto the DREAM Act if it passed and he were president. This statement confirms that on immigration, Mitt Romney is the most extreme presidential candidate in recent memory. Thousands of young people who live in this country are upstanding and productive members of their communities, but through no fault of their own cannot attend college or serve in the military. Last year, Secretary Arne Duncan wrote about these students and how the DREAM Act could help them:
"The students of the DREAM Act are some of the country’s best and brightest. They were raised and educated in America. They are valedictorians, star athletes, community leaders, and are active in their faith. They text and go to the mall. They are Americans in every sense of the word. They have deep roots here and are loyal to the country that has been the only home they’ve known. They are our future pediatricians, teachers, and engineers — if we give them a chance. They are exactly the type of young people America should be embracing.
But, unlike their classmates, DREAM Act students are in a bind. It goes against the basic American sense of fairness to punish children for the choices of their parents. But thousands of young people find themselves in that position. We can’t let them continue to live unfulfilled lives of fear and squandered hopes. We need to act before we lose this generation. It’s who we are as Americans, at our best. The time is now."
If Mitt Romney were president, he would veto the DREAM Act, ensuring that these young people will never get the chance to go to college or serve in the military, regardless of moral standing or contributions to their community. We think it's time to make clear that Mitt Romney's views on immigration are not only extreme, but would be harmful to productive members of our society. To read our response to Mitt Romney, click here.