At a Univision candidate forum, on Wednesday, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney used the term “illegal aliens” to describe children who were brought to the America illegally by their parents, reports TalkingPointsMemo.com (video below).
Romney said: “For those that are already here, that are undocumented, that were brought here by their parents and therefore are illegal aliens in this country, my view is that we should put in place a permanent solution."
Romney attacked President Obama for signing the DREAM Act, a popular law with the Latinos, which allows children of undocumented parents to stay in the U.S. and attend college.
The audience at the Univision forum was reportedly pre-packed with Romney supporters, so many of Romney’s anti-immigrant statements received enthusiastic applause.
Romney has struggled with the Hispanic vote thanks to his hardline positions on immigration, including his suggestion that illegal immigrants would "self deport" themselves.