Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), Obama campaign co-chair and chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention accused Mitt Romney of having “embraced the racial profiling policies of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.”
Gonzalez said Romney has embraced “distrust” and “division” at the expense of American values. He offered no proof for his “racial profiling” claim.
Obama needs to gin up the Hispanic vote to help him win critical swing states like Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Virginia, and North Carolina, and this is another example of the Obama campaign trying to frame Romney as an anti-Hispanic extremist to motivate Hispanics to vote against Romney.
Gonzalez was likely referring to Romney’s belief that states should have more latitude to deal with immigration after the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s S.B. 1070 law. The Supreme Court threw out parts of the law, but upheld the provision that requires police officers to check the immigration status of those they reasonably believe may be in the United States illegally only after they have been detained for violating another law.
Liberals have dubbed this race-neutral provision as the “papers, please” law.
In his speech, Gonzalez cited the motto “E Pluribus Unum,” which is latin for “out of many, one.” But his words — like the Obama administration’s policies — attempted just the opposite.