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.
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.
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 tent has turned into a circus! They don't seem to think that Republicans and Latinos go together.
Many of the scientists engineers and others in highly skilled occupations are retiring, we don’t have enough new skilled workers in the pipeline to replace them. America is at a point where we have to make a decision. Are schools are failing, looming budget cuts in education is only making matters worse. Teachers unions are being vilified, while the real villains, got away (Wall Street). We need to reorganize our priorities and correct this, and do it fast!
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.
Immigration activists who support the dream act suffered a crushing defeat in the Senate this past week.
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.
most of what we consider to be Latinos are this hemisphere’s descendants of Spanish conquerors mixed with, in most cases, Native America and African bloodlines and one begins to wonder where the “white” comes in. And don’t get me wrong; I get it. Even now, with a Black president and all, Black people still aren’t the group that other groups want to be lumped in and associated with—unless of course, they need something. Then they copy all of their strategies right out of our civil rights playbook.
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.