Hispanics and the 2008 Election: A Swing Vote?
Posted by wordforit on January 15, 2008
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A segment with interviews and general discussion was on PBS recently and I would say the reporter has an ax to grind. The report (still trying to locate a link) very strongly inflected an accusatory tone in that Americans better be careful about securing borders. The remarks were specifically directed toward elections. . . I seriously doubt it was an unbiased report, but it is another factor of which to be aware.
Why is it, when people do not get their way with our laws, the United States is treated like a parent with children screaming, “I hate you! You don’t love me! I never get what I want!”? It amazes me, the amount of “accommodating” that goes on. With our money, without our knowledge much of the time.
Is that why most politicians, with the exception of Congressman Ron Paul, have been dancing around the subject of immigration? I saw Dr. Paul’s commercials back-to-back the same day on other channels. Hey! One just played and it covers at least 4 topics—I don’t even have to look up; just listen for the word “Constitution“!
I have read on blogs and elsewhere that folks are not taking immigration seriously. Have you heard of LaRaza? Have you visited http://www.immigrationcounters.com/ ? You can watch the ticker as another money order is sent through, the cost of social services and cost of incarcerations. Illegal immigrant crime/incarcerations are exceptionally high and law enforement are stymied in many situations.
Example of ImmigrationCounter report: “WASHINGTON, DC – Report cites projected $6 billion a year cost for antiquated “Anchor Baby” program.”
Much to consider. . .
Interesting to find what the Pew Hispanic Center has to offer in reports and factsheets regarding immigration, money transfers, the Hispanic vote and so on.
Participating and learning more actively in this particular election has piqued my curiosity in many directions and Pew has quite a bit of information for anyone else with a desire to know about this certain aspect. I recommend to at least skim some of these reports.
Pew Hispanic Center:
…”Hispanics are the nation’s largest and fastest growing minority group; at 46 million strong, they make up about 15% of the U.S. population. Their electoral clout continues to be undercut, however, by the fact that many are ineligible to vote, either because they are not citizens or not yet 18 years old. In 2008, Latinos will comprise about 9% of the eligible electorate nationwide. If past turnout trends persist, they will make up only about 6.5% of those who actually turn out to vote next November”…
by: Paul Taylor and Richard Fry
Links will open in new windows.
Research by Topic: http://pewhispanic.org/topics/
Related Reports and Factsheets: http://pewhispanic.org/topics/index.php?TopicID=16
May God Help Us.