Is Allen West Calling Mitt Romney a Wuss?

The Florida lawmaker wants the Republican nominee to take a definitive stand on immigration.

Posted: 06/19/2012 11:31 AM EDT
Allen West

Rep. Allen West (R-Florida) disagrees with the Obama administration's new immigration policy that prohibits the deportation of young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children if they've stayed out of trouble and completed high school or earned a GED or served in the military. The move has given President Obama a major boost with Latino voters and put his Republican opponent Mitt Romney on the spot. The GOP presidential nominee has repeatedly avoided saying whether he would repeal the policy, saying only that he would seek a long-term legislative solution.

Like the reporters who've asked Romney where he stands on the issue, West is frustrated by the response.

"I guess I feel a little bit dejected because I think that it goes back to what my mother taught me, 'A man must stand for something, or else he’ll fall for anything,' " West told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Monday.

And in his customary tell-it-like-he-really-feels style, he went on to slam Obama for his new stand, which bypasses Congress.

"You know the last time we had this was with King George III, and we didn't like it too much. And I think what you’re seeing is the resurrection of an imperial presidency," West said.

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