Mitt Romney Now Wants to Make Being Welcoming on Immigration a Key Part of His Campaign

He’s not the most natural standardbearer for the cause of turning around the Trump GOP’s animus toward immigration.

Mitt Romney, former failed Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Massachusetts, is officially running for Senate from Utah. His announcement video (see bottom of post) has a lot of rah-rah boilerplate about how great and giving and pioneering Utahns are, but in the middle is an interesting turn for Romney and a gauntlet thrown to the Trump Republican attitude toward immigration.

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Around one minute into the ad, as Romney is explaining what makes Utah better than Washington (including balanced budgets, yay, followed by an unfortunate emphasis on how apparently great it is that they export more than they import) he throws in how “Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world; Washington sends immigrants a message of

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