Romney, Gingrich trade attacks on immigration

In The Washington Post on January 27, executive director of APP’s Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, was asked to weigh in on the immigration policy differences between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

The Republican presidential race turned into a pitched battle for Hispanic voters on Wednesday, with Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney hurling insults over immigration policy as each looked for ways to court a critical constituency.The shift reflected the nature of the Jan. 31 primary in Florida, where Hispanics will be a major factor for the first time in this year’s presidential contest. Florida is home to about 1 million Cuban Americans, a heavily Republican voting bloc.

“I have to say that right now that Speaker Gingrich has an edge because he’s basically said we have to find a middle road,” said Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles. “Romney on the other hand — and to me this is mind boggling — used very ugly rhetoric. . . . And policywise, the idea the undocumented, they all have to go home, that’s impossible.”