Mitt Romney traveled to Florida and received the endorsement of three Cuban-American Republicans who have crossed party lines to support the pro-immigrant DREAM Act. This however, clashes with Romney’s stated stance on the issue. The endorsing Congress members are Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart and his brother, former Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart. They pledged to help Romney appeal to Hispanics in the state should he become the next Republican nominee. Needless to say, the Cuban exile community in Miami is a very important constituency group for Republicans, therefore this endorsement may indicate that the hat is tipping in favor of Romney for the upcoming presidential race. While their support could help Romney secure a solid position in the Sunshine State if he goes on to win the GOP nomination, Ros-Lehtinen’s position on DOMA, as well as the trio’s broader support for the DREAM Act, highlights Romney’s own complex record on the issues of immigration and gay rights. Romney has come out as an opponent of gay marriage, but has clarified that he supports gay rights yet he is against marriage rights for same-sex couples. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney was criticized for supporting civil unions while urging the state legislature to adopt an anti-gay marriage amendment. When the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2004, Romney allowed clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to marriage-seeking Massachusetts residents, but also took steps to prevent out-of-state couples form turning the state into what he called “the Last Vegas of same-sex marriage.” As may have been inferred the endorsing Congress members are avid supporters of the Defense of Marriage Act and do not have such a moderate view on gay rights and civil unions as the Massachusetts Governor does. GOP primary rival Rick Santorum recently took a look at his record as governor and admitted that he “would argue that Mitt Romney…was to the left of Barack Obama on gay marriage,” pointing to his liberal views that are, according to Republican standards, too lax. When it comes to the DREAM Act Romney also takes a different stance from his Florida endorsers-but this time for the worse. All three Hispanic leaders acknowledged they disagree with Romney on immigration, but they said he is the best candidate in the Republican Party right now. “I’m never gonna [sic] find a candidate with whom I agree 100% of the time on 100% of the issues, but I think the election hinges on the economy-which candidate has the most solid plan to create private sector jobs and get our economy back on track,” explained Ros-Lehtinen. “I don’t agree with governor Romney’s position on immigration, but I agree with him solidly on the economy, and for me that’s the driving force in this election.” While Gov. Romney may boast moderate views on gay rights and same-sex civil unions, his ideologies do not fare as well for immigration since he has time and again indicated that the DREAM Act is not the right course of action. Therefore, it would also follow that his idea of comprehensive immigration reform is one that severely penalizes undocumented immigrants and restricts the laws even further-which of course, is no solution at all. For this reason, we remain apathetic to the fact that Romney seems to be creeping slightly ahead of the Republican nomination race. We shall wait and see what happens.