A crowd of more than 25 young Latinos protested Monday prior to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s speech at the 33rd annual national convention of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Protesters convened in downtown Los Angeles in support of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
The protesters—some traveling to Los Angeles from as far as Arizona to attend the march—carried American flags and posters depicting Romney as an anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT candidate.
According to excerpts of Romney’s speech, the Republican presidential nominee blames the 10 percent unemployment rate among Latinos on President Barack Obama. “For years, Republicans and Democrats seem to have been more interested in playing politics with immigration than with actually fixing it,” Romney said.
But many elected Latino officials highly doubt that Romney will do a better job when it comes to the Latino unemployment. “We need to invest in a president who invests in us,” said Earnie Gutierrez, chairman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, in a press conference held outside of the convention center earlier in the morning. L.A. City Councilman Ed Reyes has suggested that Romney wants to deport Latino immigrants. “Romney is only beginning to explain … his vision of immigration,” said Reyes.