Latino politicians criticize GOP for criticizing Obama on new immigration policy

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With the fight for Latino votes in the presidential race heating up nationally this week, Colorado GOP leaders recently criticized President Obama in this space for playing politics via his new policy easing back on deporting undocumented youth. Today, local Democrats struck back by criticizing the GOP for criticizing Obama...for playing politics.

But don't worry , folks. This isn't about politics. This is about jobs and the economy, right?

The main argument of Colorado Republican Party head Ryan Call against Obama's plan to stop deporting undocumented youth who came to the U.S. as children and aren't regarded as a threat? The president has not come up with a comprehensive solution and the announcement was entirely political given its timing during the race.

Romney echoed this point at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials earlier today, telling folks he would implement his own long-term solution that would replace Obama's temporary measure.

Obama is set to address the same group tomorrow -- but three Colorado Democrats didn't wait to attack the presumptive Republican presidential nominee during a conference call today.

"He wants to bring those failed policies he touted today in his speech to the national level," state Representative Dan Pabon told reporters. "Romney economics didn't work then, and it won't work now."

Added Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez: "Today, Mitt Romney in front of all of us tried to Etch-a-Sketch away his extreme stance on immigration."

Westword asked the speakers on the call what they thought of the argument the Colorado GOP shared with us -- that Obama's announcement is purely political. State Representative Crisanta Duran responded by attacking the GOP for its attack on Obama.

"It's a slap-in-the-face for people to say this is a political decision," Duran said. "This decision is going to affect real people who want to have a place in American society. Many of these children were brought to this country through no fault of their own.

"We are talking about real lives here," she continued. "Obama has said from the very beginning...he supported comprehensive immigration reform and supported the DREAM Act."

In response to criticisms that Obama shouldn't be sidestepping Congress on this issue, Duran added, "At this point, he is doing everything in his power to ensure...[immigrants] have access to the American Dream. He should be applauded for this effort."

The rest of the chat covered specific critiques of Romney's record -- you know, that he's bad news for Latinos in every way, including jobs, small business, immigration, education, etc.

And if you want to hear the exact opposite, we'll point you in the direction of this video from the Republican National Committee, which landed in Westword's inbox earlier this week.

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