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  • Hispanics Are Not Single-Issue Voters

    It’s been said before, but it must be repeated. Hispanics are not single-issue voters. Despite the narrative reinforced over and over by the Hispanic media and the Latino lobby, Hispanics are concerned about more than just immigration reform. This was recently confirmed in an ImpreMedia Latino Decisions tracking poll that revealed that the economy, not immigration, is the issue of most concern to Hispanics.

    Of course, you won’t hear too many of the President’s surrogates mentioning this latest poll, because it’s far easier to cast conservatives as anti-Hispanic for being against illegal immigration. You won’t hear that most conservatives are supportive of increasing avenues for greater legal immigration, because the President is more concerned about winning an election than winning on substance.

    Substance is precisely what Hispanics are looking for when we consider what’s desperately needed to return America to what so many of us came here looking for. For the majority of Hispanics who are immigrants and sons and daughters of immigrants, jobs and a chance to earn a better living were the biggest magnets to come here and leave everything behind. Yet, some are convinced that Hispanics are naturally drawn to the idea of a bigger government that is the purveyor of endless goods and services and would never embrace a conservative vision for America.

    These are the same people that wouldn’t want us to know that more than 600 Hispanic conservatives and 150 media outlets will be gathering at this week’s Hispanic Leadership Network in Miami with the purpose of delving deep into policy issues affecting our country, including the close to 50.5 million Hispanics.

    For example, what can be done to reduce the Hispanic unemployment rate that is well over double digits? Or what to do about the sobering number of Hispanic students dropping out of high school?

    Expect freedom, not big government, to feature prominently in speakers and panelists’ responses when talking about pressing issues affecting Americans.

    Some might want us to believe that Hispanics are laser-focused on policymakers’ views on immigration reform while ignoring other important issues. Don’t buy it. And as a recent poll in Florida revealed, with a majority of Hispanics saying the country is on the wrong track, there is an appetite for an alternative to the identification politics perfected by the Left.

    If this week’s gathering is any indication, Hispanics are heeding the call to live in a country grounded in greater freedom and personal responsibility.

    Israel Ortega is the Editor of Heritage Libertad, www.libertad.org, the Spanish-language page of The Heritage Foundation, www.heritage.org. His Twitter handle is @IzzyOrtega.

     

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    6 Responses to Hispanics Are Not Single-Issue Voters

    1. Chris in N.Va. says:

      The Latino immigrants that I know are less focused on immigration issues of any flavor and by far much more concerned with how the sputtering economy has already, or threatens to, affect their job situations. Some have even been released from one job (due to reduced job market need) and had to scramble to find work elsewhere ever since this current (mis)administration rode into DC on their unicorns to "rule" (their own word).

    2. Brittanicus says:

      I think the President is in for a rude awakening as pro-illegal alien Democrats, Republicans lawmakers start to lose their seats in the Senate or House in the forthcoming months. Why should Americans be forced by the law courts to be the payee for the rest of the world? No matter for what issue, whether foreign or domestic policies? We must look to employing our own low income, white and blue collar labor and stop the incessant pandering to lawbreakers. Our Immigration laws are not broken as the Liberal press assures us, as they are either eating out of the hands of the newspaper owners or carefully manipulated by unions, non-profits and radical groups. With probably the most important Election in decades we must be seriously vigilant of no real movement on behalf of this administration, to stop non-citizens voting. They will and have driven by are manufactured ACORN organization who are accomplished in fraudulent canvassing for votes. All would-be presidential candidates should be well aware of illegal aliens voting, specifically when they are very likely to be issued a deportation order. Of course if other states akin to Arizona are crushed by the iron hand of the Department of In-Justice, run by Liberal progressive Eric Holder who reputation is ruined by his involvement in the gun running carnival, which killed a US border Patrolmen? Simple and with no cost to taxpayers is the well documented “ATTRITION BY ENFORCEMENT.” Self-Deportation will commence when Aliens cannot support their families, with the implementation of Mandatory E-Verify.

      Two bills are ready to arrive at the floor of the House of Representative, which could injure the mechanism that awards criminal acts of illegal immigration. E-Verify –The "Legal Workforce Act" that can contain the 8 million working illegal aliens and will halt them in their tracks. The E-Verify program must be succeeding as 4 Democrats have now co-sponsored this bill and you should contact your federal or local lawmaker at 202-224-3121. A simple method of identifying who is hired by companies, that doesn't want to become a victim of incompetence,. They know full well that when this law is passed, they will be facing heavy fines, loss of assets and even time behind bars. A few citizens or authorized or lawful residents, which fall through the cracks, can find relief by going to the local Social Security office; aliens will flee, rather than entering a federal agency. Another bill less publicized by the Liberal press or other media, is the “Birthright Citizenship" amendment, which would offer no more foothold for the illegal parent or parents of children smuggled into America. No more easy preference for a pregnant Mother so she can immediately get public assistance, hospital birthing, food stamps or anything else given freely by our indifferent government. Whoever wins the presidency–Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum or even Ron Paul must be held accountable, for every promise they declare to the public audience.

      Make your own judgment for who you will vote for, whether a new state governor, a new state senator or those in the highest levels of government who have been secretive in pouring billions in taxpayer money to support the 20 million and more who have settled here illegally. Any search engine such as Google Yahoo will show you hundreds of reports on the real costs, graphs and other statistics. The power of the American people, that is the TEA PARTY, is sickened by the complete abuse of laws from the founding fathers. NumbersUSA has displays of grafts and the presidential hopeful’s grades on illegal immigration. Want to know how minority speaker deceived the system through her corruption; it is well illustrated in the legal watchdog pages of Judicial Watch. Want to know the nauseating cost if President Obama slips through a blanket amnesty, that’s found at Hermitage Foundation.

      The TEA PARTY does not alienate any race or nationality as the Liberal media would like you to think? It just requests the 1986 Immigration law (IRCA) enforced and not altered to pander to illegal migrants and immigrants.

    3. Brittanicus says:

      TAXPAYERS ARE THE PAYEE FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS

      It’s not condescending, but if you came to America by whatever means without permission of the People via the US government, you are violating this country’s sovereignty rights? I doubt if there is any country on Mother Earth, where you would not be imprisoned or immediately deported? Mexican laws have very strict statutes, that illegal entry is punishable as a Felony. Congress and being owned by special interests money doesn't impose a felony. It's a walk away "slap-on-the-hand punishment and then unless it’s a second entry after deportation, you can now walk away from being incarcerated–thanks to the executive order from President Obama. Life has been made so easy for foreign nationals, which they can even demonstrate in the streets, demanding rights without any recourse from ICE? They shouldn't even be here, but they are able to ride the welfare programs through a poor interpretation of the 14th Amendment. People come from every hemisphere after waiting years for a visa, but others steel in disguised as a tourist with unborn babies or just steal across our perforated border fence. Then they go about stealing somebody’s Identification to get a job, procure that persons credit.

      Our once praiseworthy schools are now poorly recognized for performance, as they were 30 years ago. The top State for education originated in California and now it is somewhere around the bottom of the barrel. Millions who swarmed into Los Angeles County have turned it into miles of poverty stricken neighborhoods, without any countermeasures from the immigration police. Hospitals are hurting from unpaid treatments and Border States saw many of these institutions go bankrupt—another good example of unfunded mandates. Prez Obama is on hunt for more votes in 2012, so it makes major sense to fly off to Nevada, heavily populated with illegal aliens and a very poor set of voting regulations. Every American must be involved to oversee the outcome of every precinct and the value of Absentee Ballots that are easily forged. How can the United States government expect to support, the senior citizens, along with veterans, homeless and infirm citizens, when they are subsidizing 440 000 illegal alien infants annually. Why patriotic Americans who speak up for themselves should, be forced to feel guilty or defend their stance on illegal immigration. The Tea Party doesn't–that for sure, and rigidly holds the line on another blanket amnesty, sanctuary city policies, and dream acts, family chain migration or any other law, which eventually falls to the taxpayers in supporting unfunded mandates.

      I think the President is in for a rude awakening as pro-illegal alien Democrats, Republicans lawmakers start to lose their seats in the Senate or House in the forthcoming months. Why should Americans be forced by the law courts to be the payee for the rest of the world? No matter for what issue, whether foreign or domestic policies? We must look to employing our own low income, white and blue collar labor and stop the incessant pandering to lawbreakers. Our Immigration laws are not broken as the Liberal press assures us, as they are either eating out of the hands of the newspaper owners or carefully manipulated by unions, non-profits and radical groups. With probably the most important Election in decades we must be seriously vigilant of no real movement on behalf of this administration, to stop non-citizens voting. They will and have driven by are manufactured ACORN organization who are accomplished in fraudulent canvassing for votes. All would-be presidential candidates should be well aware of illegal aliens voting, specifically when they are very likely to be issued a deportation order. Of course if other states akin to Arizona are crushed by the iron hand of the Department of In-Justice, run by Liberal progressive Eric Holder who reputation is ruined by his involvement in the gun running carnival, which killed a US border Patrolmen? Simple and with no cost to taxpayers is the well documented “ATTRITION BY ENFORCEMENT.” Self-Deportation will commence when Aliens cannot support their families, with the implementation of Mandatory E-Verify.

    4. Bobbie says:

      another reason we left the democratic party. They exploit all people who aren't white as inferior for job security. majority of the democratic party are black and white but started out white with a record of racism. Many fall into their trap. Others are wise enough to see themselves better than that!! May we all vote ourselves, our loved ones, our fellow Americans, individual life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…
      And may we be there for each other to fight the good fight…
      God Bless!!

    5. Al from Fl says:

      I would think that hispanics, like the rest of us have multiple issues and, if here legally, are not fans of illegal immigration. Problem is they, reportedly, vote democrat. How does that sit with their religious background and desire to come to a land of law and order? The current democrat party no longer embraces American values but seeks to bring people into entitlement programs under the guise of "helping" them. Unfortunately it is really to maintain power by, in effect, enslaving them to dependence on the government. If America does not vote out the encumbents in Washington dc and bring in people that support American values in this upcoming election, America will no longer exist in the form we have all grown up in. We will see decline, violence in the streets as commonplace and a dictator-like government.

    6. JacobJohnson says:

      Really this is a great post on “An Immigration issues”,keep sharing. Rathilaw privides the best in class immigration lawyer .

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