Presidentreiterated his support for revamping the United States’ immigration laws while addressing a group of Hispanic supporters on Friday. In a markedly sharp tone, Obama depicted his Republican rival as a barrier to actions that would allow young illegal immigrants to get green cards.
President Obama, while addressing the same Latino audience that heard from Mr. Romney a day earlier, criticized the Republican over his views on immigration and his past business conducts, saying that the Republican engaged in business practices that sent jobs abroad. Besides, he attempted to highlight differences with Romney on health care and the overall state of the national economy.
"Today it was reported in the Washington Post that the companies his firm owned were 'pioneers' in the outsourcing of American jobs to places like China and India. Pioneers!" Obama said, referring to Bain Capital, which Romney co-founded, according to the LA Times. "We don't need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office. We need a president who will fight for American jobs and American manufacturing. And that's what my plan will do."
It is pertinent to mention here that Mr. Romney, in his address to the Latino audience on Thursday, softened his hard-line tone on immigration and reiterated his pledge to revoke Obama's health law if elected. Romney said that if he becomes the president, he will prefer a strategic immigration revamp, including permitting more young illegal immigrants to get citizenship and stepping up border security. However, he avoided saying whether he would revoke the policy President Obama announced the previous week.
Obama evoked the Latino audience that Mr. Romney had guaranteed them he will keep to his promises, but fired back by reminding them of another Romney promise: to veto the Dream Act, which would pave the road to citizenship for young illegal immigrants.
"We should take him at his word," said Obama. "I'm just saying. I believe that would be a tragic mistake. You do too."
However, throughout his speech, the president did not indicate any new policies or approaches he would employ to accomplish his first term’s un-accomplished goals in a second. Instead, he directed all his energy at charging Republicans for stopping the passage of the Dream Act in 2010.