FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Romney Tells Undocumented Youth He Will Veto the Dream Act Because She Is "Illegal"
Bracing signs saying “WE VETO ROMNEY”, undocumented youth gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City to challenge Mitt Romney yet again about his promise to veto the Dream Act. They were there delivering a message to Romney during his fundraiser on how he needs to change his stance on this legislation if he is serious about attracting Latino voters, who will be a determining factor in the presidential race.
After being approached by Sheraton security as well as the NYPD and changing the demonstration around several times, Dreamers were able to make it inside the second floor Sheraton conference hall. Lucy, a Dreamer who was brought to the country when she was 10, made her way through a room full of Romney supporters to speak with Mitt Romney himself.
“Are you going to support the DREAM Act” Lucy asked. “I already said, across the country, I would veto the Dream Act” the GOP frontrunner answered. “I’m undocumented. I want to know then, why are you not supporting my dream?” Lucy inquired. “Because if someone comes here illegally…” Romney replied, however, was cut off with “But I didn’t come here illegally, and I have a 4.0 GPA” “that’s wonderful” he replied, his discomfort showing a bit. A Romney handler, perhaps a bodyguard, quickly inserted himself between them, pushing Lucy back.
Lucy made her way out while Romney supporters berated her. They booed and hissed, saying that she was illegal and not worth keeping in the country. As she made her way out, she heard one man yell “Go back to Mexico.” She turned around and replied “I’m not Mexican, I’m Peruvian.” Later, undocumented youth caught a glimpse of Romney getting into a large, black SUV to make his exit. They approached him, chanting "We Veto Romney".
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