I have long thought somebody should go through and annotate the 2012 Mitt Romney: Full Transcript of the 47% Secret Video. So I will now do it.
Part VII: Unkilled Immigration:
And here comes the pivot against unskilled immigration!
In my view, somebody who can barely read from Chiapas who is willing to undertake a risky and hazardous journey of thousands of miles and be a stranger in a strange land to better him or herself is a much greater potential asset to America and much more likely to become a true American than some Asian princeling or some MBA working for Bain Capital.
I am sorry, but this is simply ignorant and mean.
That is: I am not sorry that I say this is ignorant and mean. I am sorry for Mitt Romney that he is ignorant and mean. And I am far sorrier for those who bear the consequences of his ignorance and meanness.
There are no signs here than Romney has absorbed any briefings from experts who understand immigration. There is no sign he has read much about it. He simply has knee-jerk views. People from Mexico who are here in the United States are here because they were invited it in, are welcome to stay, have it easy, and are not the kind of people we want to have around:
Romney: We make it hard for people who get educated here or elsewhere to make this their home. Unless, of course, you have no skill or experience, in which case you're welcome to cross the border and stay here for the rest of your life. [Audience laughs.]
It's very strange. It's run by people who don't understand the words "global competition of ideas," and our idea has to win, but only if America reigns strong...