Mitt’s Micro-Mini DREAM Act

Well, Mitt Romney did not entirely dodge the immigration issue in his speech to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials today (as he did in last month’s address to the Latino Coalition). The main burden of his remarks, as reported by TPM’s Evan McMorris Santoro, seemed to be: “You may not like my position, but it’ll be consistent.”

In terms of the president’s recent DREAM Lite initiative (which preempted the perpetually-under-development DREAM Lite initiative of Sen. Marco Rubio, who may or may not be a prospect for the vice presidential nomination), Mitt stuck to his grudging admission that the children of undocumented immigrants who serve in the military should not be sent in cattle cars back to wherever they are from–or even “self-deported,” a phrase Romney used during the primaries but that has since been moth-balled for the duration. I guess you could call it the “Micro-Mini Dream Act.”

Overall, it appears Team Mitt has taken the advice of those urging him to write off any effort to appeal to Latino voters on non-economic grounds, while battening on enhanced support from white conservatives who admire his refusal to pander to those brown people with their demands for “amnesty.” Whether this tactic makes good sense or not, it is certainly congruent with his broader strategy of insisting that no one be allowed to discuss any issue other than macroeconomic statistics.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.