Monday, April 12, 2010

Hispanic Vote Somewhat in Play

Without any proof, I suggested recently that Democrats shouldn’t count on Hispanics as part of their core constituency during our current private sector recession, which is costing people jobs. And now, the Washington Post’s Sandhya Somashekhar has an article about why Hispanic voters are unhappy with Democrats:

➢ According to immigrant advocacy groups, lawmakers risk losing the support of Hispanic voters if they do not establish a way for the 12 million people in the United States illegally to achieve legal status.

➢ Hispanics are suffering in the current economy, many with their homes in danger of going into foreclosure. There is a belief in the Hispanic community that ending the illegal immigrants' uncertainty would boost housing, including Hispanic voters' home prices, because millions would finally feel secure enough to buy homes.

➢ It’s not like Republicans stand to gain directly from Hispanic unrest; today, Republicans seem even more strongly against helping illegals adjust their status than they were when Bush pushed immigration reform in 2007. It’s that any Democratic failure to take action this year on immigration reform may well keep Hispanics from voting in November.

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