We saw lots of speakers who were Latino and heard others talk about their immigrant roots. We even heard the occasional lines in Spanish. But what we didn't hear was a discussion of immigration policy (except from Rick Santorum who used his spot to bash the President for not being tough enough and from the platform committee which passed planks written by Kris K(?) Kobach). Mitt Romney had nothing to say on the subject so if you thought he might start to retreat from his anti-immigration primary strategy, you would be mistaken.
The party likes to claim that Latinos will forgive their anti-immigration views because they'll vote their pocketbook. But every credible poll shows that Latinos rank immigration at or near the top of their concerns and they have abandoned the GOP en masse because of the party's immigration positions. Nothing changed this week and Romney's silence on immigration policy says quite a bit.
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.