The Latino population has exploded in the United States over the last decade, especially in eight key general election swing states. This may be a problem for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney who has taken a hardline stance against illegal immigration during the Republican primaries, and now faces increased pressure from Latinos as the Obama administration announced last week that they will ease up on deportation policy.
Aware of the electoral sway of the Latino demographic and desiring to take all initiatives possible to avoid four more years of President Obama, Republican lawmakers are requesting that the former Massachusetts governor crystalize his pitch to Latinos and articulate his position on illegal immigration before it is too late. The Hill reports that Romney will move on these requests during his scheduled address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) in Orlando, FL, Thursday. President Obama will address the group on Friday.
Since tying up the nomination, Romney has not jumped in head first to public debate regarding immigration issues, which are not always seen the same way by different factions of the Republican Party.
On "Real News" Wednesday the panel brainstormed what policy Romney could advocate that addresses the immigration and border security issue, while appealing to different factions of the Republican Party and not turning off Latinos. Watch a clip from the show Wednesday: