Mitt Romney is an ILLEGAL

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Massachusetts has been buzzing with the news that Mitt Romney was caught employing migrants staying in the U.S. illegally, yet again.

The Boston Globe broke the story last night, and David at Blue Mass. Group was quick to jump all over it.  After the Globe inquiry, Romney quickly fired the landscaping company and his Republican rivals have been quick to jump all over it.

My favorite quote came from a member of the Fred Thompson campaign:

"First Mitt Romney was FOR illegal immigrants working on his lawn, and then he was against it, then for it, and now I guess he's against it again," spokesman Todd Harris said in a statement. "Sounds like his position on amnesty."

Rather than just sit back and laugh at the political theater, I thought I'd delve into a deeper analysis of Romney's hypocrisy on this issue.
First and foremost, just last year Guatemalan migrants were found 'toiling' on the former Massachusetts Governor's lawn, according to the Boston Globe.  Up until now, Romney has tried extremely hard to bury this incident.  I haven't been able to find a single public interview where he reconciles his tough anti-migrant rhetoric with the fact that he personally employs migrants to do his dirty work.  With this new incident, though, Romney has finally been forced to respond

This is what he's come up with.  Notice the initial reluctance to respond to the Boston Globe's inquiries:

Questioned this afternoon during two campaign stops in New Hampshire about the use of illegal immigrants on his property, Romney declined to answer. An aide said he would issue a statement, and Romney, emerging from a Concord restaurant, said, "Did you hear him? We'll give you a statement."

Later, the campaign issued a statement saying Romney had just learned -- apparently from Globe reporters -- of the company's continued practice of employing illegal immigrants, and immediately fired it. "After this same issue arose last year, I gave the company a second chance with very specific conditions," Romney said in the statement. "They were instructed to make sure people working for the company were of legal status. We personally met with the company in order to inform them about the importance of this matter. The owner of the company guaranteed us, in very certain terms, that the company would be in total compliance with the law going forward.

"The company's failure to comply with the law is disappointing and inexcusable, and I believe it is important I take this action," Romney said.
Now that Romney has finally given an explanation, you'd have to be pretty thick-headed to recognize that it's not good enough.  If Romney is truly serious about cracking down on migrants then isn't the most logical approach for anti-migrant advocates to crack down on employers?  Giving an employer a second chance certainly doesn't jibe with Romney's tough anti-migrant rhetoric. 

Perhaps Romney's more interested in making individual migrants suffer, than he is in making sure their U.S. citizen employers pay an equal, if not stiffer, penalty?  Along that line, how about the people that pay for migrant services for that matter?  How about people like Mitt Romney himself?  Shouldn't he be sent back to Utah for breaking the law?  I can only come to one conclusion after all of this, Mitt Romney is officially an ILLEGAL, as anti-migrant trolls like to say.

But there's another element to Romney's hypocrisy that people aren't discussing.  Out of all the migrants that Romney has harsh rhetoric for, he exempts one Republican constituency: Cubans.  Latino Pundit was the first to pick up on this hypocrisy, and Think Progress followed shortly afterwards.  This is what Romney had to say during an interview with the Tampa Tribune entitled "Romney Supports Letting All Cubans Migrate to the U.S.":

"I can tell you my inclination would be to say as many Cubans as want to come here should come in," Romney said in an interview Tuesday with The Tampa Tribune editorial board. [...]

Romney replied that Cuban Americans are exemplary citizens who have brought "great vitality, skills and energy to the American experience."

"In my opinion, the more the merrier," he said.

I've stated before that to suggest Cubans don't deserve to migrate to the U.S. is to deny the Cuban experience, especially the suffering during the economic downturn after the fall of the Soviet Union.  That being said I don't think it's fair to suggest that Cubans have suffered from worse oppression than, for example, a Guatemalan indigenous person.  Which brings us to the same conclusion about Romney: hypocrisy.

I have to admit that it's a lot of fun to watch this Republican anti-migrant strategy implode.  The truth is every single anti-migrant politician is probably guilty of similar hypocrisy.  They all probably have eaten fruit picked by migrants, stayed under a roof built by migrants, been served by migrants, and yes, had their lawns raked by migrants.  It's always nice to be on the side of justice.




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