Mitt Romney Abandoned for Newt Gingrich by Hispanic Leaders including OC's Miguel Orozco

A Hispanic business and community leader in Santa Ana has joined other Hispanics around the country in signing an open letter to Mitt Romney that essentially accuses the GOP presidential candidate of hypocritically running away from his Mexican heritage. "Our purpose here is to advise you that those of us who have stood by you are now withdrawing our backing in favor of Newt Gingrich," reads the letter which the former House speaker's National Hispanic Inclusion Coordinator saw fit to forward to the media. Wonder why?

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The letter paints Romney as a flip-flopper on the Dream Act and a real El Stupido when it comes to solving the problems of millions of Hispanic Americans. The hit piece then goes on to list all the wonderful ways Gingrich has helped the same population.

So that's why his National Hispanic Inclusion Coordinator Cristina Mas saw fit to forward the letter to the media

Among the 19 signatures is Miguel Orozco's. He's an actor, producer and professional consultant who heads the international affairs practice at the Law Offices of James Roche in Santa Ana and a member of the business group the Hispanic 100 of Orange County. Orozco is also a community leader with the Lincoln-Juárez Opportunity Center of Santa Ana, which helps immigrants acquire employment, health care, ESL classes and immigration services.

In 2007, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) named the Guayaquil, Ecuador-born Orozco an Outstanding American by Choice recipient.

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USCIS Director Emilio T. Gonzalez presents award to Miguel Orozco in 2007.
"When he arrived to the United States, even though he could not speak a word of English and was not yet a citizen, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps," reads his USCIS bio. "Mr. Orozco joined the U.S. Marine Corps because he felt that he should give back to his adopted country. He learned English and as he likes to say, learned to love America in the Marines. Mr. Orozco lives by the Marine motto of Semper Fi!"

Others who signed the letter to Romney, which follows on the next page, include former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, Hispanic 100 of California chairman Mario Rodriguez and our state's Hispanic 100 Youth chairman Robbie G. Munoz.

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