As we get closer to the election of 2012, Republicans have awoken suddenly to realize that they really need the Latino vote! The Republicans never fail to amaze. they’ve kicked, browbeat and insulted the Latino electorate and now are looking for their support. Really? It may be a little too late, even if there may be some in the Latino community who may set out the 2012 election because of the Democrats failure to address immigration reform.
There’s been a lot of talk about the recent Republican effort to win over Latino voting support. While it may be admirable for the GOP to make an attempt to reach out to Latinos during a presidential election year, I’m afraid that their efforts will be fruitless until they reverse the actions of their dismal record regarding last December’s 2010 dream act vote. It takes a lot of nerve to diss and entire electorate, and then turn around and ask for their support; that takes the proverbial “cojones.”
The dream act would’ve helped thousands of young Latinos realize the American dream by getting a good education. This writer sees it as a win-win. Helping young people who ended up in America through no fault of their own, gaining higher education and securing their place in productive society. Who would be against that? The Republicans that’s who!
The 2012 election will be interesting indeed. With so much going on in the country and in the Congress at this point; where do we have time to talk about immigration? When the 2012 campaign ramps up into full gear, there are a few unresolved issues that will surface to the fore as things get going. Pres. Obama will have his hands full. There’s the nagging issue of what to do about immigration and how to appease Latino voters.
The Latino electorate does not trust Republicans and are frustrated with president Obama. In recent weeks president Obama made a trip which turns out to be a campaign stop in Puerto Rico. He’s the first president since Pres. Kennedy to visit the island. He was greeted with much fanfare and exuberance as the partisan Puerto Rican crowd showed President Obama affection and approval.
Obama 2012 – President Obama officially announced he is running for re-election this past week. The Republicans are frothing at the mouth to beat him. One problem however, he really has a great chance at winning re-election. Obama is sure bet to get the Latino vote in 2012.
The Latino vote will be a huge factor in who wins. The Republicans realize that they need this valuable constituency if they want to take back the white house. One problem, all polls show that Latinos heavily favor Barack Obama. Of course, this isn’t guaranteed. The Dream Act’s failure is where everyone missed the boat including the democrats. President Obama should have been a more vocal supporter of the Dream Act. Republicans were down right hostile towards this legislation. This would have allowed the children of undocumented immigrants to attend college in the U.S. We missed a great opportunity.
Just when I thought I had heard it all, another conservative white guy tops the last idiot that says something goofy! I don’t know if I’m appalled,angry, surprised or what. It’s simply amazing to me. The Republican party’s tent keeps shrinking with each gaffe and insensitive remark. It’s absolutely amazing! The GOP’s “big tent” has turned into a circus!
They don’t seem to think that Republicans and Latinos go together. At least with former President Bush, he reached out to Latinos. His Attorney General was Latino as well as several members of his cabinet. His brother, Jeb Bush Gov. of Florida is married to a Latina and they aggressively sought their participation in the party.
I must admit I’m a little disappointed that President Obama hasn’t pursued comprehensive immigration reform more aggressively. It seems that it’s almost impossible to have a civil debate on this pressing issue given all of the emotion and visceral reaction to the perceived taking over of America by all these Mexicans entering our country.
As a recovering Republican, I say that with tongue-in-cheek, immigration reform is a whole lot more complicated than that. The majority of America’s xenophobia and obsession with Latinos crossing the borders is almost comical. Yes we have the drug cartels, the war on drugs and illegal drugs. But there’s so much more to the issue than Latinos in general and Mexicans in particular crossing our border.
Immigration, immigration laws, illegal immigration and immigration reform won’t stay in the background for much longer. It’s not about republicans or democrats, it’s about trying to get our arms around some type of comprehensive immigration reform. It’s had to take a back seat to other pressing issues in our country as of late. President Obama has promised to address this urgent issue.
Current immigration law is very harsh, especially for those with criminal records; we need immigration reform. While I’m a liberal on the issue of immigrants and immigration; I’m in full support of deporting dangerous criminals. Immigration laws have been on the books in the United States going back to 1798 that ushered in the Alien Act known as the Alien and Sedition Laws, which empowered the President to expel any alien, or non-citizen, he deemed dangerous.
Immigration activists who support the dream act suffered a crushing defeat in the Senate this past week. While it seemed like a good idea in the house; GOP Senators delivered a coup d’état. Several Republican senators successfully mounted a filibuster that killed the dream act. Dozens of young activists crowded the galleries above the Senate floor in support of the bill, many wearing college graduation mortar boards (not yet U.S. citizens) some held hands as senators cast their votes.
Earlier this week U.S. Senator John Kyl (R) AZ advocated repealing the 14th amendment to the constitution. As insane as that sounds he’s serious. The 14th amendment when enacted 140 years ago gave newly freed slaves citizenship.
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R) SC who I had respected, is in support of this insane idea! The GOP is destroying any political capital with Latino voters. It’s surprising how myopic they are on this issue. If they continue on this track they will not recover. It’s political suicide for a short term political gain.
Are Latinos white? As much as I’m offended by the term “illegal alien” and as much as I’m an advocate of people from any part of this hemisphere running amok throughout the United States freely, I must admit that I was amazed but not amused that there was an outcry among Latinos about a mural painted in Arizona that depicted them in a way that was, in their words, “too dark”.
Ever since Gov. Jan Brewer signed the new immigration law into effect in Arizona a firestorm of controversy has erupted. Arizona is no stranger to controversy especially controversy that has racial undertones. It seems they learned absolutely nothing from their refusing to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And Arizona paid for it dearly in hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tourism revenue due to their insensitivity and being out of touch with today’s world.
I feel I can speak as an authority on this issue in Arizona. I was born and raised in the small hamlet of El Mirage . Arizona has always seemed to have an anti-Latino attitude as far back as I can remember. As a young boy in grade school I can recall vividly white teachers washing out the mouths of young Mexican students with soap for speaking Spanish in class. Yes, you heard me correctly washing out their mouth with soap for speaking their native language!
The only reason I speak Spanish to this day is because my mother was a proud Cuban woman who insisted that I speak both languages properly. Then take the case of the braceros who came to work the fields in the hot Arizona sun for measly wages. They were basically treated as chattel as something less than human. They were seen as beasts of burden to toil at hard manual labor in the fields from sun up to sun down for ruthless gringo overseers of the local farms and ranches throughout Arizona.
So this anti-immigration fervor that has hit recently is not a surprise. I do agree that we need comprehensive immigration reform. This move by Arizona has obviously forced the government’s hand to readdress the issue of immigration in this country. I find it amazing that the governor and all of her supporters are claiming there are no racial profiling provisions in this new law. Now I find that point to be very interesting, how could the authorities not racially profile since this is honestly aim towards Latinos or anyone who looks Latino?
The Valley of the Sun in the Phoenix area has long been hailed the second home of many Canadians who winter in Arizona. In fact you can see the Canadian flag flying at resorts in the posh suburbs of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Gilbert, and Tucson etc. Canadians are welcome in Arizona with open arms and are never asked for their papers or their immigration status. There are quite a few white South Africans that reside in Arizona I doubt that they will be pulled over and asked to produce papers either.
It’s an insult to one’s intelligence to think that there would be no racial profiling with this new law. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is at the ready to execute this racist and fascist law. Given the fervor of the opposition to this new law it’s just a matter of time that Arizona crashes and burns as they did with not honoring Dr. King’s birthday. They will again lose hundreds of millions of dollars in tourism revenue from the massive boycotts that have already started to impact Arizona’s economy.
The only light at the end of the tunnel in this debacle is that it will force the government to make immigration reform a priority again. As cooler heads prevail in this argument and debate on immigration reform I’m sure that at the end of the day president Obama and his administration will do the right thing and hopefully pass compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform.