Romney: GOP is ‘rightful home’ of Hispanics

In a speech to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Monday, Mitt Romney argued that Hispanic Americans -- a demographic that overwhelmingly supports President Obama -- belong in the GOP. 

"I am convinced that the Republican Party is the rightful home of Hispanic Americans," he said, citing the ideological journey New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez made from Democrat to Republican. He outlined his five-point economic plan, a plan his campaign is now emphasizing in ads and on the trail.

Romney promised to "permanently fix our immigration system." As he has before, he specified that he would offer a path to citizenship for those who serve in the military, make family reunification a priority, reform the temporary worker program and let in more workers with advanced degrees. He pledged to establish an employment verification system and punish businesses that hire undocumented immigrants. But he did not offer a plan to deal with the millions of non-military undocumented immigrants already in the country.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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