VIDEO: “Mitt Romney is the one on the wrong side of every issue pertaining to Latinos”

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This is BOR's Video of the Day, or VOTD, our nightly video clip segment that hopefully provides you with a laugh or a chance to think at the end of the day.

Today, Mitt Romney was endorsed by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, in a move that some lazy pundits think will help Romney lose less of the Hispanic vote. A recent poll showed that President Obama leads Mitt Romney among Latino voters by a margin of 70-14 percent. Make no mistake, folks — Romney is an extreme conservative on immigration issues. He supports an Arizona-style “Papers Please!” immigration policy, and opposes the DREAM Act.

In response, several Hispanic Democrats issued strong statements about how Romney's stance on immigration issues is too extreme for Latino voters. Here are their statements, emphasis mine:

“Mitt Romney has shown he will say anything to get elected, no matter how much his positions harm Latinos. Mitt Romney has called Arizona's draconian immigration law a model for the nation. If Romney were elected president, Latinos across the country could be exposed to these types of extreme laws.” — House Democratic Leader Jessica Farrar (D-Houston)

“If Republicans were serious about reaching out to Hispanics, they'd stop endorsing candidates that are hostile to the Latino community. Romney would easily be the most anti-Hispanic presidential nominee of our time. Only a few minor extremists have ever matched his vitriolic rhetoric towards an entire segment of our population. Romney should self-deport out of Texas.” — Rep. Armando Walle (D-Houston)

“Romney's threat to veto the DREAM act is disappointing. Rubio also proposed denying immigrant students the ability to earn citizenship through military service or a higher education. It's sad that they would use kids as a political punching bag to earn points with rightwing extremists.” — State Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine)

“Romney's threatening to punish hard-working immigrant students who have the potential to be the future of our state. I see myself in many of these students. I would not be where I am today if Mitt Romney had been in the White House instead of President Ronald Reagan. It's shameful that Romney would use young students to prove to the extremists in his party that he's conservative enough.” — Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna (D-Houston)

State Representative Ana Hernandez Luna is a Houston lawyer who was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2005. Hernandez Luna was born in Mexico and was able to gain legal status under President Reagan's 1986 immigration reform – when George H.W. Bush was Vice President. My, how times have changed for the modern day Republican Party.

If a laundry list of State Representatives doesn't convince you, maybe this fellow Texan and national co-chair of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign will. Take it away, Eva Longoria:

Read more about Eva Longoria's work to help organize Latinos to support Barack Obama in 2012 here.

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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