Fri, Jun 22, 2012 1:06 PM EDT

President Barack Obama addressed the crowd at National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Friday afternoon and a large portion of his speech addressed the DREAM Act and his recent decision to halt the deportations of DREAMers.

"The question we should consider is this: Was providing these young people with an opportunity to temporary measure of relief the right thing to do?", Obama asked the crowd at NALEO. 

"It was time we gave them a sense of hope and your speaker from yesterday has a different view," Obama went on to say, referring to Mitt Romney.

"Almost four years ago...we gave someone new a chance to lead. Someone who we hadn't known very long, who didn't have much of a record but promised to lead us to a better place. When Barack Obama came to office, America wished him well and hoped for the best," Romney said. "Three and half years later over 23 million Americans are out of work, unemployed, underemployed, or simply quit looking for a job. At a time when we should be gaining momentum in the economy, we're actually seeing us lose a bit of it. Job growth has slowed. As you know, Hispanics have been hit disproportionately hard."

Media outlets noticed Romney's "softer tone on immigration," as "The New York Times" put it, since the Republican primary season.

But that doesn't mean he offered up anything new.