Mitt Romney has quickly become the GOP field’s most extreme candidate when it comes to immigration. But you don’t have to take his word for it—just take a look at his supporters: Former California Gov. Pete Wilson, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
Yesterday on Meet the Press, Brewer said:
I think he’s the man that can carry the day, and I am going to get out there and work as hard as I know how to make sure that he wins Arizona and work in other places of our country to see that he wins those places, too.
When they’re not stumping for Romney, all these officials are staking out and sticking to some of the most radically anti-immigrant positions in the country. Here are just a few ways Romney’s endorsers think Americans should treat this country’s immigrants:
Secretary of State Kris Kobach:
A chief architect of the radical immigration laws in both Arizona and Alabama, Kobach supported an “attrition through enforcement” policy that “seeks to drive out illegal immigrants by making it ‘more difficult’ for them to live and work in an area.” Even Kobach’s job creation policies antagonize immigrants. “If you want to create a job for a U.S. citizen tomorrow, deport an illegal alien today,” he said.
Not only did Kobach endorse Romney, he’s also serving as an unpaid adviser on immigration issues for Romney’s presidential campaign and has even bragged that “all of the other candidates stand to the left of Romney on immigration.”
Gov. Jan Brewer:
Brewer signed one of the nation’s most radical immigration laws two years ago. The law not only forces immigrants to carry their registration documents at all times, but also requires police to question people they suspect of being here illegally—with or without cause.
The Arizona law and the extreme rhetoric accompanying its passage frustrated Arizonans enough to prompt the electoral defeat of the law’s chief sponsor, Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce. Romney has said the measure should serve “as a model” for federal immigration policies.
Former Gov. Pete Wilson:
As governor, Pete Wilson pushed for California’s Proposition 187—a ballot measure to limit services to undocumented immigrants by forcing police, health care professionals, and teachers to verify and report the immigration status of all individuals, including children. Wilson defended the measure as “the right thing to do.” Proposition 187 earned Wilson the title of the anti-immigrant “monster” or “the ultimate bogeyman” among Latino leaders, who said he single-handedly lost “a generation of Latino voters” for Republicans. Wilson also favored expelling undocumented students from schools, arguing that “we cannot educate every child from here to Tierra Del Fuego.”
As if modeling himself after Wilson, Romney said he doesn’t believe that undocumented students deserve a pathway to citizenship and promised to veto the DREAM Act—a bill that would put these students on such a pathway if they enlist in the military or pursue a higher education. He touted Wilson’s endorsement and made him his California campaign co-chairman.
If these are the immigration views Romney is choosing to see as models for the rest of America, there can be no question that he stands farther to the right on immigration than any other candidate this election year.