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Eva Longoria has taken to Twitter to slam candidate Mitt Romney for his views on the DREAM Act.
The actress tweeted, "85% of Latino Voters support the #DREAM Act, 100% of Mitt Romney doesn't!"
The DREAM Act is a controversial bill that would allow children of illegal aliens to remain in the United States and become full citizens after finishing college or military service.
Mitt Romney has come out as against the DREAM Act, repeatedly saying that he would veto the Act should he become president. During South Carolina's debate, he stated, "I've indicated I would veto the DREAM Act if provisions included in that act say that people who were here illegally-if they go to school here long enough, if they get a degree here-then they can become permanent residents."
"I think we have to follow the law and insist that those that have come here illegally return home and apply," he added.
He is not the only one against the DREAM Act, though. Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform said, "The American people have made it very clear that they reject amnesty for illegal aliens … It would crush the hopes and dreams of countless American families trying to provide opportunities to their own children."
Longoria's tweet comes at a pivotal moment for Romney, as he faces a Latino majority in Florida. Romney has said that he is not fearful of losing followers because of his stance on the DREAM Act.
"Latino voters, like all voters in this country, are interested in America being an opportunity nation. In my view, as long as we communicate to the people of all backgrounds in this country that it can be better, and that America is a land of opportunity, we will get those votes."
The group Romney Central refuted Longoria's tweet by tweeting, "Desperate Housewife is almost as desperate as Obama."
Romney Central is a "grassroots blog/forum/store/community dedicated to promoting Mitt Romney for President in 2012!" Its website makes clear that "it is not paid for, endorsed by, or affiliated in any way with Governor Mitt Romney or his official campaign."
Celebrities Longoria, Ashley Judd, and America Ferrera have all voiced their support for the DREAM Act and signed a letter written by civil rights organization National Council of La Raza, which read in part: "America cannot afford to lose another generation of young people who stand to contribute to its economic and social prosperity."
The DREAM Act was introduced to Congress in 2001 by Senator Orrin Hatch and fell five votes short of passage in 2011, showing the close divide on the bill.