THE VITAL LATINO VOTE.
Elections are in a little more than 4 months. If there was ever a time for Obama to win over Latinos, it’s now.
It’s no secret that Romney has a conservative view point when it comes to illegal immigration, but even people from his own party (I’m looking at you, Jeb Bush) have called him out on his toughness.
Here’s the thing, Romney: there are approximately 50.5 million Latinos in the United States, 9.7 million of whom who voted in the last election. You can’t afford to not win them over.
With Obama’s new immigration policy, he’s managed to effectively win over most of these Latinos. Granted, he became more popular with other minorities, but since over 81% of the illegal immigrants in the US are of Hispanic origin, it’s clear that this move is sure to grant him some appreciation from Hispanics.
Latinos have simply felt alienated by some of the policies followed by the GOP. Republicans in Congress have repeatedly blocked the DREAM Act, a policy that would make it easier for these immigrants to receive citizenship.
A record 10 million Latinos voted for Obama in 2008. But here’s the thing: Obama has to prove to minorities that this isn’t just a stunt he’s pulling in an election year- that these changes will continue to occur.
Obama’s got his work cut out for him. His promises to make immigration reform a top priority have fallen through, and more deportations have taken place during his presidency than in the Bush years.
Obama’s on the right track, but he’s still got a lot to prove. If this is Obama’s idea of a “comprehensive immigration reform”, then he’s going to have some angry people on his hands. This is a call to action for our president, and his reelection arguably lies on how he handles the hot topic of illegal immigration.
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