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If it weren't for all the other weird things Mitt Romney said during Tuesday's debate, I think this one, coming at the start of his answer on immigration policy, would be getting a lot of attention:

First of all, this is a nation of immigrants.  We welcome people coming to this country as immigrants.  My dad was born in Mexico of American parents.
So I guess this means that Mitt Romney has now decided that he is a first generation American, right? And that means—dare I say it—that he sees himself as an anchor baby.

In other words, Latinos should ignore the fact that Romney supports Arizona's SB1070, or that his immigration policy adviser helped write the bill, or that he's promised to veto the DREAM Act, or that he's big on self-deportation, because when Mitt Roney was a child, he welcomed his Mexican immigrant father to America with open arms.

Bottom line: Mitt Romney might not be Latino—which is, of course, a handicap that his presidential campaign has been forced to endure throughout 2012—but at least he's serious about supporting immigrants just like his dad. On the other hand, under his policies, the other immigrants—"illegals," as he called them Tuesday night—wouldn't be so lucky.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 04:14 PM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos and Daily Kos.

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