by ELISE FOLEY, Huffington Post
Undocumented young people plan to hold rallies on Monday and Tuesday to "unwelcome" Mitt Romney to several California cities that will be hosting Romney fundraisers. They're focusing on his opposition to the Dream Act, hoping to push him to support the bill in order to win over Latino voters.
The protests are part of a larger effort targeting Republicans by "Dreamers," young supporters of the bill, which would allow some undocumented teens and 20-somethings to become legal residents if they attended college or joined the military and maintained a clean criminal record. The bill failed in the Senate in 2010, but Democrats plan to continue pushing it.
Romney has said repeatedly that he would veto the bill if it came to his desk as president, and he has been endorsed by former California Gov. Pete Wilson, an immigration hardliner.
Opposition to the bill, which many Republicans consider "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants, could be a problem for GOP candidates trying to woo Latino voters, who by and large support the bill. Latino voters are planning to join the undocumented youth at the rallies, according to a press release from DRM Capitol Group, which lobbies for the Dream Act.
The rallies are meant "to send a message that undocumented youth do have a voice in this electoral year -- the Latino vote," the group said in a statement.
Protests will take place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Irving and San Diego.