Editor’s note: As President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney court the Latino community’s vote, CNN takes an In Depth look at this complex and diverse community, what matters most to Latino voters, and how their vote will influence the November elections.
by Alicia W. Stewart, CNN
(CNN) - By now, it has been established that Latino voters are a diverse group and a crucial electorate that will help determine the next president of the United States.
But here is what's new to know about the impact of Latino voters: It will be felt in places one might not expect.
"Moving beyond the Southwest and Florida, Latino voters can also influence the election results in 'nontraditional' states like North Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia, " said Matt Barreto, co-founder of Latino Decisions, a polling firm. "Those states have had substantial growth in the Latino population and among voters, based on our analysis of census data and statewide voter rolls."
Florida-based political analyst Charles Garcia noted earlier this year that in North Carolina, the number of registered Hispanic voters has almost doubled to more than 130,000 since the last presidential election.
"President Obama won North Carolina in 2008 by 14,000 votes," Garcia said. "In 2008 there were 68,000 registered Latino voters, and a whopping 84% of them participated in the election."
Polling experts say this shift will affect the 2012 election.
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll found 61% of Latino registered voters’ choice for president was Barack Obama, and 27% choose former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Latino voters played a key role in Obama's 2008 win over Republican John McCain. Nationally, Obama won 67% of Hispanic voters, including the battleground state of Florida, with 57% of the Latino vote.
It was only four years earlier that Latino voters in Florida supported President George W. Bush with 56% of the vote in his re-election bid. Nationally, Bush was re-elected with 40% of the Latino vote.
Republican strategist Ana Navarro suggests that Romney's "campaign needs to wake up and go to sleep every night thinking of the Latino vote" to win the election.
And as the American demographic changes, David Bositis, a senior research associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, comments that the GOP's traditional voters are "dying off".
The Republican Party understands the need to court Latino voters to win the White House and continues to make outreach efforts.
Demographic changes may be shining a spotlight on the candidates' efforts, but it is the issues that matter.
It comes as no surprise that for Latinos, just as for all Americans, improving the economy is a top concern. But how candidates speak about immigration, even as most Latinos are American citizens, have shaped conversation and discussion that are informing how Latinos vote. Of particular interest has been support of the DREAM Act, a bill that offers a path to citizenship for some minors who entered the country illegally.
Additionally, as immigration from Mexico has come to a virtual halt, the future of how the Latino vote is discussed will affect how this electorate is viewed.
“The Latino vote has gone from being an ethnic vote, to an immigrant vote and now back to an ethnic vote, " said Gregory Rodriguez, founder of Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University. "The end of immigration as we know it is redefining Latinos and redefining the so called Latino vote.”
Read more about the Latino vote:
Would a Latino running mate help Romney, Republicans?
Opinion: Marco Rubio's deeds and words don't match
Counting on the Latino Vote in Colorado
Opinion: Why older Latinos matter in the election
'Sleeping giant' Latino vote yet to awaken
Election notebook: 'I do my own thing'
Voter ID laws, fraud and Latinos: Discrimination, a 'big deal' or 'insulting?'
Opinion: GOP's problem with Latinos - as big as Texas
Opinion: Why Marco Rubio can't save the GOP
Opinion: Latinos and gay marriage debate
When I LEGALLY applied for an architectural/facilities information job and was selected over three rounds of candidates (I'm fully bilingual and have 15 years of experience), one of them commented to my face-"Peepul git da benfits, git da jobs, git da rites cuz dey talk Spanish, dey need ta git out, wut dey got I ain't?" Enough said.
America is almost Mexico, and will be Mexico in a few years.
Calie, That will never happens! The Americans wont LET that happens!
Send all the Mexican illegals Packing back to the Border! They are not welcome here ,they break our laws and hurt the american Taxpayer.Its time Americans take their country back before the Mexican illegals turn the USA into the rat infested slums in Mexico. Before we know it we will see Donkey carts in every neighborhood with the Mexican flag plasterd to it because we turned into a 3rd world country like Mexico. It really offends Americans when we see the Mexican flag plastered on the car bumpers,tee shirts,or the homes of illegals.If you love it here why would you not have the American flag??? The answer is simple,you do not love the USA,you love our benefits and money,jobs,schools, but spit on our flag and country. Lets get rid of these illegals who steal from us and laugh at us for letting them take advantage of us.Lets give them a one way ticket back to the place the love so much and they can fly their Mexican flag there!!!!!!!!!!!
The closest thing I have seen in Mexico to what you have mentioned are carriages pulled by horses.
Most immigrants when they come to the US embrace being American. I think their problem is that they still identify with Mexico rather than becoming American. Their loss, our problem.
You sir are what's wrong with America. I hope you feel good about the nonsense you're posting. Most immigrants I know do NOT behave in this fashion. Stop the biased thinking and look beyond your own tiny world; you might see a much better picture of America that way. Whenever I hear comments like this it takes me back to South Park and the "They took our jobs!" quotes. No, they didn't take your jobs so stop saying it. Dare I say it? Typical Republican thinking. You know nothing about nothing but are happy to replicate any message from your party that produces hate and bigotry. There is NO place for you in the new America.
Elud, if I remember correctly, back in 2004 the Bush admin got with the Mexican president and agreed to Mexicans who had worked in this country for a certain amount of time getting Social Security. I guess that makes him sound racist . .
As a college educated born and raised Latino, I have yet to decide who I will be voting for. Please remember that not all Latinos can be grouped together, we like everyone else have many different opinions amongst ourselves. It is sad to see all of these racist comments, we are like everyone else trying to make a living and provide for our families. All this deported racist talk is deplorable, most of the people making comments like that had ascendents who were once themselves immigrants, pure ignorance. sad. O and by the way before you even say I am illegal my parents are from puerto rico and people in my family have gotten draft cards like everyone else, so please have some respect.
"I have yet to decide who I will be voting for."
The decision is simple. Why would you vote for a party that HATES you?
@ Cambridge Ray – it is unclear who hates us more the GOP for screwing up the economy because the Latino community has been hit the hardest as far as losing jobs and homes; or the DNC for deporting more Latinos between 2008 – 2012 (over 1.7 million) than during the eight years of the racist white guy called Bush – so it is clear that neither party has our best interest in mind but to call one or the other a hater is unclear to me when they both talk a good game – like Obama – but don’t deliver like Bush.
"so please have some respect."
I have been posted for about 7 years on this topic, and let me assure you: Not ONE of the hateful, racist comment comes from the Liberal side.
Thank you Alex. You're exactly right.
Maybe in a hundred years. If the Liberals are still having their way, and the National Debt continues to Skyrocket there may be no country lef to speak of. There was the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire in case anyone has taken notice.
Serious Immigration Law Enforcement will take care of a substantial portion of the "Latino" vote. Hispanic citizens are more interested in jobs and border enforcement than allowing untold numbers of illegals continuing to enter the US, taking away job opportunities.
Leave out the illegal ones and what's left don't count. This will eventually come to a head. There will be no happy ending. Guns and ammo. Buy what you can. While you can. Be here LEGAL or be gone.
So "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door" doesn't matter now?
Serious Immigration Law Enforcement will take care of a substancial portion of the "Latino" vote.
Lazarus was actually writing about legal immigrants who came thru Ellis Island, not lawbreakers who walked across the southern border from Mexico and Central America.
Statistically, Latinos now have the largest ratio of births in the US. You guys better hope that their grandchildren are kinder to your grandchildren than you were to them! But Karmic debts eventually have to be repaid.
i'm part spanish so i know a little bit about our culture. we're very family oriented because we're afraid of assimilation. we don't feel welcome, good enough or what the uncertainty holds. that's why we cling to our families and rarely hold education a high premium because it means expanding our mind outside our family, our culture and our language. period.
You could not be farther from the majority of hispanics! Obviously, you have your own "truth" and I respect that, but please don't roll us all up in that same packet! I am not "part Spanish"; I'm 100% Spanish, born and raised overseas, and I can assure you that, the home that I grew up in was very much alike those of most Americans, were parents hoped for their children to become better and more prosperous than them, where faith, honor, and country we paramount in the upbringing of the next generation, and where the sentiment was that no one measured our value but ourselves! So, please don't try to box us with the same label! It is for this same upbringing that I refuse to vote for Obama! He did not grow up with these same values and it is obvious!
You can vote repub all you want but bottom line is if you love or hide illegals or hire them we will deport them and possibly you too if your not legal. Repubs dont pander to minority groups or pander to illegals,we dont need to support law breakers to win.
Honestly if Latino's don't know by now that Romney constantly talks economy in all debates, rallies and speechs they deserve Obama then.
And you of course believe he'd make good on every promise he makes...
Did not the Great Ronald Reagan start everything by granting amnesty to those very same people that broke the law?
Hummmm,,,, verrrryyyy innnteeereeessstiiiiiinnnngggg!
lol very true Reagan's bill was helpful to anyone who had entered the US before 1982 but any after 82 were out of luck. However the point of that bill was for the USA to not have this same illegal problem again 26 years later. So I think one way or the other we need to decide what we are going to do about the current illegal immigrants and then Fix our laws in a way to prevent illegals in the future but make immigration as a whole easier to do.
There is a reason why Mexicans have to wait a long time for immigration,its because we have 20 mill here illegally already and we need to get rid of them not bring more.We need immigrands who are in college,Doctors scientists,engineers,not bean pickers and dish washers,we have our own people that didnt finish school that need those jobs that are citizens.Sorry but all illegals must go and our system is onnly broken because we are not deporting more..
Here's to how to sum it all up – Democrats are forward thinking and intelligent and Republicans are backwards and ignorant! How bout them apples?
It is the old addage, Supply and Demand. Demand for cheap labor = Supply from cheap labor. People in Dallas want cheap for lawns mowed, fences, pools, houses, housecleaning, office cleaning, burgers with veggies, etc. Then they all want the illegals to go back where they came from. Then wen no one is there to pick the crops in Alabama, they want to twist the immigration laws. People, you can't have your cake and eat it too.
Americans will do those jobs,DONT SELL OUT THE AMERICAN WORKER! you make it out like illegals are superheroes,they are nothing but scabs who will work for less cutting americans out of work because they atre used to making 5 dollars a day. Once they are all deported wages will rise and Americans will take those jobs again.
Ha, ha, ha! How many "white Americans" do you see mowing lawns, cleaning houses, working all day in the fields tending crops? NONE! Mexican immigrants (legal or not) do all of this work. Even our "blacks" are too lazy to perform such jobs. Our cities are filled with unemployable "blacks", few ever even apply for work. I know! I work for a company in San Francisco. Next to our plant is a huge public housing project. In more than 20 years working here, not one "black" living in this project has ever walked the 100 yards to our office and completed a job application! We do, however, employ legal Mexican immigrants who spend 1 hour or more commuting each way to come to work.
There are many, such as myself, who are white and do mow their own yards and do the work on the yard. Many home owners do the work themselves.
As a Latino I do support an airtight border, however, I do NOT support separating family because the father or mother is not a citizen. I have seen too much of this. Keep families together.
This is a Catch-22 issue because I do not believe anyone really wants to separate families, but one thing never thought about – many of the children were used as vehicles in hopes of staying in this country thus a derogatory term is used for the children, which I will never use). I have many Latino friends, as well as knowing many. The thinking by many in the foreign countries were to get here illegally, have a baby, and be able to stay here. In essence, the parents originally used the children. PLEASE DO NOT think I am saying, in any way, the parents do not love the children.
Something else I did not bring up – it is extremely funny this country leaves its borders so porous, but the US Embassies in foreign countries make it nearly impossible for people to come here legally. Isn't this a bit hypocritical?
I agree with you about our embassy situation. This is absolutely ridiculous. Legal immigration is so difficult and expensive today. For decades it was so simply just to walk in from Mexico. Now we are busy building our own "Berlin Wall" between the US and Mexico. What eventually happened to the Berlin Wall? Our immigration policies contribute greatly to the problem of illegals living and working in the US. Our "Berlin Wall" will someday have to be torn down, this kind of prevention simply does not work.
I agree and was born in Honduras, now naturalized citizen. We need border security not just for illegal immigration, but terrorists and drug runners. Splitting up families is not desirable, but people coming illegally know what the possibilities could be. Not opposed to the Dream Act per se, but I don't want it to encourage others just because it is there, maybe a one time thing?
I am looking forward to seeing the political landscape in 15-20 years.... When the next generations emerge as leaders and voters, and the old, racist, conservative generations die off–we will finally see some positive change in this world. Until that time, everyone over 18 and under 45 must VOTE! Unless, of course, the GOP suppresses voting rights in your state. At that point fight it! Or, pack up and leave for a better state. I see great changes in the near future, and so do the frightened old GOP-ers!
Sure glad to see you want me dead. I certainly don't want to see the USA become a third world nation dominated by socialists like Latin America. People that think the government knows better, A government, like Obama, that think open borders are the answer.
He has a point. Look what open borders did for the Native Americans.....
I'm 23 and I voted for Obama but i agree that having an airtight boarder is a good thing. But this works hand in hand with making our immigration laws make Alot more sense, As I don't agree with separating a family because they have an American child but the parents may only be a resident. We as a country shouldn't reward ppl for coming illegally but prevention is something that can be fixed. As for the ppl who have already come to this country illegally, they have "broken our Laws" but I think it should be looked at for the right thing to do for both our country and for the childern of these illegal immigrants, some that are US citizens
Well, Mom, you must be either very naive or ignorant to believe that the GOP are the bad guys here. The Dems are just as corrupt and self-serving. The only difference between these two parties is who gets paid and who gains the advantage. Unfortunately, the average American suffers no matter which one is in power. The Dems do a better job at fooling the poor and minority communities. If you don't believe me, just follow the money. In fact, Dems have received more than 80% of all money from Wall St. and Insurance Companies for over 20 years now.
My best friend is Spanish and she don't like how things having been going on here so she moved away to Florida. I miss my friend and wish that things will improve,to equal!!
What exactly is Latino? I always thought we were a "melting pot" of sorts. Now everyone has labels – which is why we are so devisive. What is a minority anymore and why do we care? It may have been important once, but no longer. I fully intend to check the "other" box from now on when I am asked for my ethic background. Last time I looked, German Americans were a minority.
I just would like things to be fair for everyone! Hope that will happen some day! Peace! To all!
According to Obama, fair is if someone has more than someone else, then the difference is taken from one and given to the other regardless of need, want or desire. "Wouldn't it be a real drag if we were all the same"...
What is up with Welfare only wanting to help the spanish and to hell with others! ? Why do they get to have many children while others get slashed out because they had. The law is so messed up with things! Even schools are messed up! I was born in the USA but,grew up speaking Portuguese then went to School when it was time to learn to speak English and instead they put me in this class with all Spanish and taught me it in 1st grade! Then they kept me back saying that I did not know my English! Well,they passed the Spanish and kept me back! They did not speak the English and yet they were passed! I went to learn English and look what they did to me because I was not Spanish! I was about 5 or 6 @ the time when that had happen and won't ever forget the teachers pushing me to learn Spanish.
The way you wrote your response, I would suggest going back to school and studying this time.
They check to see how the spanish out beat everyone else! That is only because they get help from Welfare! But,they won't help my friend who is french american that works part time due to her health condition. And all that she gets is food stamps but, the spanish gets everything! The spanish get free food,money and health care. So that means they can have many kids since they don't have to work. Why the other culture get the big No! We can not help you! Why is it only for the spanish? What is up with that! The spanish will be taking over the World!
Why do you keep using the term "spanish" when you are talking about more than one country. If you use the term "spanish," you are referencing people from Spain. You may want to try Latino or Hispanic, as they mean more than one country.
Illegals are theives who steal from the american taxpayer and need to all be deported anchor babies and all.These stories about Mexicans taking advantage of the system then refusing to help anyone else makes me sick,I have herd and seen first hand how the Mexican are catored to. This needs to stop and they all need to be deported anchor babies and all.Go take advantage of the benefits in Mexico but not here. Illegals make it harder for citizens to get help when they need it because our resources are drained.
If it's Latinos that are going to decide this election, then Romney is toast. I don't think in general the
Hispanic community trusts Republicans because they blame them for deporting illegals even though
Obama has deported more illegals than George W. Bush did.
Dan, under Obama, more illegals have been deported than ANY past president. All one has to do is Google it.
Obama, to latinos.."listen to me, not the truth". He has no desire to help anyone but himself, don't people see this?
It never gets mentioned, but people who are half white and half Latino vote also. I am a mix and have voted in every election since I was 18. The media always mentions that California is half Latino, but if you add the half people like myself, that number climbs much higher. Food for thought :)
most half and halfs that i know consider themselves to be full white. they don't identify with issues that affect latinos. they generally vote that way too.
True. I'm half hispanic but was born and raised in the US and the latino issues are of no importance to me. In fact, I'm against illegal immigration and consider it a burden to society. We left California because of the problems it was causing. And nothing annoys me more than soliciting phone calls and junk mail that are completely in spanish because of my last name. And my Finnish born wife hates it even more. No one in our house even speaks spanish.
That is quite interesting. All the Latino/White mix people I know vote both issues. I patronize Hispanic and White businesses and am quite versatile in communications. I look more white, but my brother looks more Mexican. On the voting topic, I vote for items that I feel best represent the area for which I live, and the country as a whole. I live within miles of the international border, and see how families are divided by a fence on a daily basis. I see the lines of people clearing customs first thing in the morning to go to work. I have friends that are both civilian and military that live on the Mexican side of the fence due to the cost of living on the US side. As far as immigration, I am not for illegal immigration, but people need to understand what causes it, why it continues, and what can be done. This should not be based on fear of language or customs.
CONGRESS CONTINUES TO WORK AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS BY APPROVING WORK VISAS............
Allegations have been made that some large Indian
vendors are breaking H-1 and L-1 work visa rules. Vendors like Infosys, TCS and Cognizant are
accused of importing foreign employees who make less than or just barely clear
minimum wages. The salaries are so far below prevailing wages that U.S. citizens
cannot afford to compete for available jobs.
Indian companies might pay less, but they buy them a house, I found out from new people in the block and themselves, many call centers that were brought back , the owners made them a US company and brought employees from India.
The same goes for collection companies , now they are owned by Indians.
The loopholes take away jobs from Americans.
I wonder why the Republicans are again, like in 2000, eliminating latinos and blacks from legitimate voter rolls in Florida. (Fact!). Republicans have a war going against women, the elderly and people of color. Their dream is to do away with Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, Social Security and Medicare. They opposed those programs and called them communism.
Nice Dem talking points. Have you ever thought about thinking for yourself? Do you know how rediculous those statements are you made? Or are just one of those trolls that go to sites copying the Dem talking points? Do you get paid?
....and that's why their party is dying and slow, but painful death.
If you are latino, don't be fooled. A vote for Republicans is a vote to screw yourself and your children. Republicans only care about rich, white people.
What is amazing is how the GOP has hoodwinked the middle class and lower class white males to vote for them. There is no privelage of being white and impoverished, white and without social security and medicare, white and existing in a society where your technical "freedom" is a world where your children have no future without that "Marxist" education system and you and your family will perish without those "Socialist" benefits . In a society of unlimited corporate influence, where corporations have been defined as people, where the wealthy elite have untrammeled influence and power, you may feel superior to your Latino or Black neighbor, but in reality you will be not even chattel. Voting for the GOP is like Jewish people voting for self loading boxcars.
Really does that include Marco Rubio because he is Republican and is always speaking for latino's.
I'm a latino, if anyone cares about rich white people, it is Obama, who is he surrounded with?
One language one country = a strong America my heritage is Italion my grand parents learned english to surviive and be part of the dream they came here legally throgh Ellis Island. It is almost impossible to deport 20 plus illegals we need a program that will help the ones here become citizens if they turn themselves in and show they worked at a job that didnot take americans jobs away. Any law abiding hispanic who did it the right way, should be appalled that they cheated to come here. they don't deserve to be here. I respect the one's who came here legally and welcome to America and may you prosper. Put the employers in jail who hire illegals but they support the GOP and the GOP loves cheap slave labor.
White vote for the best candidate no matter what the color. IF Latinos vote by the color of the skin and blacks do the same, what type of people does that make them?
If people see their interests ignored until election time and still vote for the offending political party that would make them stupid. The fat-cat Republicans love Latinos for cleaning their pools and making their beds – until election time. Then they show up in the bario speaking accented Spanish phrases and expecting everybody to believe their lies. Look at the Paul Ryan proposal for a budget and see how much Republicans care about minorities. When the trash Medicare (and Medicaid), Social Security, and destroy the public schools with their vouchers how well will Latinos fare then?
Maybe public schools are not that good and it is not from a lack of money!
It means they don't want to vote for some pretentious, plutocratic, ideological chameleon who wears magical underwear?
I guess that makes them white. After all isn't that what white people do? Vote for there own kind?
Let me guess.
If there was a Latino presidential nominee, they would win in a landslide ie. Barack Obama style with 96% of latinos voting for them - solely based on skin color. Democracy or elected representation is effectively dead. It's a flat-lining "meeep" sound.
He would get my vote depending on what he would do to improve our economy and international affairs.
If democracy is dead it was killed by the right-wing members of the U.S. Supreme Court with the CItizens United ruling. When "corporations became people" the fat-cats became able to buy the politician of their choice. Did you notice that situation in the Republican Primary? The Koch brothers bought Romney and the rest were simply props for the "pretend primary". Don't whine about racial voting when money talks that loud.
I would not vote for a person that speaks spanish unless is qualified, the same my vote was not and will not be for Obama or a Democrat, where the numbers come from, are we all clones?
That is a mistake, we do not have one mind, culture or tradition and many we do not accept illegals,LA Raza or LULAC.
Who is 'We'??
My Vote was for Obama and will once again be for Obama. I will gladly vote for a president that knows more than one language.
What a crock of crap. The anchor children of millions of illegal alien aliens are affecting US elections.
The dream act is a nitemare for the US middle class. Bush 1 gave citizenship to 3 million illegals... now there are 20 million. I guess in another 10 years the US middle class will be supporting 60 million illegal aliens.
Stop this b ... s
The ONLY difference between the so-called "Anchor Babies" and babies born to the descendants of the Mayflower is that the former will probably grow up fluently bilingual while the latter won't. I speak flawless, unaccented English – you would never guess that my mother tongue is an Eastern European language. I came here legally but human biology doesn't care a whit about paperwork – if you grow up in the US or Canada, you will find yourself 100% Americanized.
Actually, your argument ignores the fact that race does matter. I know - the media told you differently. Mankind has moved around from the beginning. Look at the societies today. Which ones function?
If Latinos were so great, their homelands would be sucessful bastions of wealth. Instead, the are impoverished hellholes. The same with Subsahara Africa.
You can't move any "immigrant" into a country and think that he or she can duplicate the qualities of the founding ethnic group. To think otherwise is quite ignorant.
(Joe) I invite you to the town where my family came from in Mexico. It is a Mexican town with a life expectancy of 82 years for males and 86 years for females, the roads are paved and are well kept, the homes are well built and spacious, the farm lands are cultivated, the rivers are clean and teaming with fish, at night the stars shine because of the lack of air pollution. All was done over 2 centuries of hard work. Tell me again that all Latin Americans are not capable to start and maintain developed societies.
Have you all heard the latest news? Romney is out campaigning with, get a load of this, Trump! Well as far as we Hispanics/Latinos are concerned this answers all questions for the most part for us. Had Romney been campaigning with a working-class person we might have thought differently but No, he is out campaigning with a Super Mega-Rich Billionaire!! That figures! And no doubt it will be the rich pitted against the Middle Class and the Poor with Romney now and for good. He is clearly showing us his true colors now. So, if he was to change horses in the middle of the race so to speak and pun intended, just to show himself campaigning with a working class citizen later on, we would no more believe him than to believe he is just another 9-5 working-class person himself. Enough said. We have seen enough to know the difference of who is Really For US. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!
I hope Mitt Romney wins the 2012 presidential election.
SO DO I!!!!!!!!!!
I'm Latino and I don't want the illegals here!!!!! No more Obama for me–I'm through!
mon: you can't name one thing that qualifies Mitt to be our leader.. He didn't even invest his dough in the US
O look it's the Spanish language. I bet (GOP USA) feels threatened by my knowing of more than one language, maybe he or she suffers from an inferiority complex.
(GOP USA) I know English very well and I believe that no one owns the Internet, therefore I can comment in any language I wish to and do not need to pander to persons like yourself. How far along did you get in your education? Here's something that maybe mind boggling to you; not everything south of the United States of America (notice that I didn't only write the United States since Mexico's official name is the United States of Mexico) is Mexico.
Yes, Moncada, and I bet many do not know this other little gem of a Fact. That is that Mexico is actually part of North America, not South America! It just as much a part of N. America as is Canada and further North!
Lets go house to house yank them out of bed and load them up in cattle trucks and head to the boarder.I know they must be home sick from all the mexican flags I see them wave and dance around everyday,its only humane to reunite them with their country they love so much.
Without us the USA is not complete. Sucks it up.
Sanchez, you got nothing, don't pretend.
You want to send all the Mexicans to the "boarder"? – you mean that guy who pays me rent to live here? Why?
Are you related to Adolph Hitler? Seems like putting people in boxcars is your solution to the problems in America. Get used to this sonny boy, America is a diversified country, made up of many different kinds of people. No, the guys from the Mayflower don't rule America. Everyone does. Mitt's idea of an America is that everyone is a Trump or Adelson, billionaires and millionaires. Just look at who he associates himself with and that tells you who he is. You, a middle class or poor person just exist for one reason, to vote for him believing his BS. America the gullible.
So when President Obama wins you'll be blaming the votes of illegal aliens that can't legally vote?
let them come in soon enough we will be able to buy mexico
Time for the token Rubio. That arrogant little mitt could help get some of the votes, but most won't fall for it.
Rubio is Mitt Very Very Very LITE. He has already been caught in his own lie (fleeing Cuba and Castro). Fool never was in Cuba, but like all Republicans, tell a lie enough times and some fools will believe it. Rubio is young Cuban exploiting the fears of the older Cubans who still think Castro is a threat to the USA and that we should invade it. Folks, the Cubans in Florida and very much different than the other Latino groups in America. Most think they are white, not Latino.
We need to make a National E verify law to finally rid america of these blood suckers.They lower our wages ,take our jobs,Bankrupt our schools and communities,social programs. For as much as they steal from us they sure are not grateful,you can tell by the Mexican flags they dance and parade every day plastered on their cars and bumper stickers,tee shirts.Where is the American flag ever???? The answer is simple Mexicans do not love this country they only love the money and benefits they can suck out of us then send the money back to mexico to stimulate their economy. Time to make a Federal law for all States like arizonas illegal alien law, or the "NO WAY JOSE LAW" call tyour congress to push new and tougher laws against these illegal invaders,lets finally get rid of this problem we all face.We dont want our citys to turn into slums like the citys in mexico,we dont want our towns and neighborhoods to slowly turn into Mexico 2.0 Its time to take America back to these ungrateful people that steal from us every day! Deport all of them and their families back to Mexico and they can take their anchor babies too!!!
GOPee USA, what a perfect example of Republican haight.
Go after your business buddies who hire these folks if you are serious. Immigrant labor is used by big business to shore up the botton line.
You are a perfect example of a big Republican oinker. You make me sick.
They have no right to our land,our jobs,our resources period,they are illegal.If I break thee law I go to jail.If an illegal breaks the law they get free public schools,welfare, food stamps,jobs, college education in some states. What is wrong with you people that love these illegals who are ruining america????
YOU MAKE ME SICK!!! YOU CALL THEM "THESE PEOPLE." WELL, THAT SHOWS YOU HOW YOU REALLY FEEL!!
People are talking about corporations and people needing illegal aliens, but if they weren't here it would reduce corporate profits as they would have to pay more for labor. If the USA needs apple pickers, someone will take the job.
At this point in time, you are the one who is not belong here. Watch your back!!
Day tuuk ouuuuuuurrrr joooobs! Damn it!
Well, tell you what, Redneck, suppose you just get your plump little rear out of that chair of yours and go out into the fields and pick crops for us all day long in the hot sun, then dig ditches after that, then take care of our children and wash our clothes for us! I'd even provide you with working gloves if you would do just half of that, so stop to think how much better you have it now instead of crying about them taking 'your' jobs! See just how long you could stand it and last in the hot sun at over 100 degrees for more than eight hours without adequate food or water or other facilities. You wouldn't last fifteen minutes out there, redneck. Your neck would be redder than a hot tamale that's for sure and you'd be hightailing it back home to the cool comfort of what you are accustomed to and begging those who do those jobs to go back and work Full Time, so don't think you can just go out and do the jobs they are accustomed to doing! You'd find out just how wrong you were in a heartbeat, amigo! And your nalgas would be red hot too no doubt!
The Irish fought the same ignorant bigots as you represent in your comment. I served with many Mexican Americans in the Army and some legal immigrants as well. They believed in the American dream and I'm pretty certain thast dream isn't enhanced by racist hicks with nothing to offer our country but hatred. Go to your Klan meeting you loser...
The true problem in Texas is all the Foreigners that the state churches have brought in, who are now in "professional" jobs...hear this other states...so theyring them in and educate them instead of educating OUR CHILDREN...so many of these foreigners are making money OFF these illegals ......this should also be against the law.....if we stopped taking money from illegals then we would not have an ilegal problem...
We need to vote out all Lawmakers that that push for keeping illegals here and rewarding them for breaking ourr laws.Rubio is a fake he wants illegals for the cheap labor but pretends to be their hero,I say deport rubio he was an anchor babie and any lawmaker that is for keeping these illegals here.Employers and people who defend and hide them should be Jailed for treason! Its time For true Patriots to take this country back and call immigration,flood the immigration centers non stop till we get action! Or lets electSHERRIF JOE ARPAIO TO BE THE HEAD OF THE NATIONAL IMMIGRATION TASK FORCE! Arpaio will go house to house town to town and all businesses and yank the illegals out of their beds and run them back to the border in pink underwear and nothing else lol.Sherrif Joe should get planes,tanks,soldiers,drones,and convoys of semi trucks to arrest and we will have convoys sent to the border packed with illegals!!! The American Taxpayer would be a winner in this situation!!
Well said gop usa...WWll Vet
ONly a Mexican would say that...We need to organize to remove all these iullegals and the people...notice I say people...no matter what race...that are bringing them in like the Church in Alvarao Texas, like all those companies who hire them to work nights...you know who you are...not all Americans agree. Sign Me INDIGENOUS.
Screw the people who think we have to "court the illegals..".we are Americans...Either you are an American or an Illegal Loving hypocrite...
How stupid are you? Yeah mexicans lower wages for rich people but they sure help people like me who work 10 hours a day are greatful that they help me with my job.
It's all illegal alien supporter propaganda.
"illeagul alien' your family once was an 'illeagle alien" in your terms
Well technically we are all, or in part, alien to the Americas.
Go to romney's official website and see if you can use the site in Spanish? Do the same for Obama's site! Guess who's gonna get the Latino vote? Even a republican should be able to figure this one out!
Deport the illegals and their families,anchor babies too! Sorry with millions unemployed we shouldnt have illegals here lowering wages and taking jobs period.They bankrupt our comunities and schools. The illegals are here breaking the law and they deserve no amnesty,and the gop does not need to pander to illegals or latinos to win.
Why do you refer to Latinos as illegals? Yes, there are some Latinos who entered the country illegally, just like some Europeans have. But many more were born here or came here legally. Stop being so hateful because people are different.
I'm sure you mean the thousands of blond, blue eyed Canadians who are here illegally too, don't you?
God forbid those English immigrate here, them with their fancy English; how dare they not know standard English! Just joking.
Yes Frank there are illegals from other countries, women from China come here to have their babies quite often. There are also plenty from Europe and Asia. Don't get me wrong I am not for illegals being, but their not all "Mexicans".
GOP USA I feel sorry for you because now, politically, finacially and socially we have POWER. Yes, there are many Latiinos on welfare, so there are blacks, europeans and many others and white trash like you as well.
Hey gop usa , just what jobs are you talking about? Field worker? Dish washer? Cook? Hotel maid? Don't remember anyone like you applying for those jobs.
I am a woman of mixed heritage- German, Irish, Cajun French, and Cherokee. I clean homes. I have worked in the corporate world In telecommunications as well. I held that career for over fifteen years, and it was not a low level grunt job. I do not clean homes due to a lack of intelligence, motivation, or because I cannot get a "regular" job. I clean homes because I get a chance to help people. I live in Dallas Fort Worth, and should get paid more but have a hard time beating the low wage the government subsidized illegal worker gets.
It makes me ill every time people respond with the fact that white people will not do that work. WE do. I am sure there are those who might say I am not white b/c of my Native American heritage, but my birth certificate and red hair and green eyes say otherwise.
So stop. I am tired of that tired argument. They do, and until we straighten out America, they need to go home and straighten out Mexico. Period. They tore up my home town of Houston, and further South is a mess, they are slowly tearing up my area... and do not even get me started about what they have done to California. I write from experience I lived there for four years.
(Laylajo) Your also considered "Latina" since you have French heritage and France speaks a language derived from Latin. Secondly just because you have red hair and green eyes does not make you 100% white whether you like it or not. I have relatives in Mexico with blue/grey eyes, blond hair, and light skin and their mixed with the Native Americans and know they are not racially 100% White. (I am part Spanish, German, French and Coahuiltec.)
Governor Scott in Florida is trying to keep Hispanic voters from voting with phony voter purges.
"Governor" Scott is a lowlife criminal that should have been jailed after bilking us, the taxpayer, out of billions.
That's a lie, I live in Pinellas County and I follow the news on many stations and upcoming votes and have not seen any illegal activity on Purging voter polls. I have seen cases where dead people were still listed and convicted felons were registered (always democrats) so you know who is pushing for illegal voters. Nothing wrong with needing ID.
One thing is for damn sure. No Hispanic or Latino should believe Any Republican who from now to the November election comes out saying they are going to help them when all they've done is Marginalize You through egregious profiling laws, blocking the Dream Act in Congress, and passing redistricting lines that favor Repugnants who will do nothing for Hispanics and Latinos but salivate at the thought and the chance to further drive you out of this country! You Don't Ever Kiss the Hand That Slaps You Repeatedly!!
Latinos should remember the Democrats controlled the Presidency, the House of Reps and the Senate for 2 years
(Jan. 2009 / Jan. 2011) and what did they get from the Democrats? Nada.
We dont need you or your illegal mexican friends to win,sorry but all illegals must go and the gop will not pander the illegals to win an election.
Hey GOPUSA ......... Illegals don't vote, for the most part illegals come here to make money, they're generally good people who are trying to survive. I DO NOT condone them being here illegally.
The gops dream act is when we get rid of all you illegals who suck us dry and lower wages and bankrupt schools and communities.All you illegals and your families must go back to mexico,make that place a better place to live for your family,not here!
Hispanics/Latinos Take Good Notice!! The GOP in the U.S.A. is speaking very clearly and telling you this! Of course it isn't as if you didn't already know that they are Not your friends! But it serves nevertheless, to show you just how venomous the GOP is to you Hispanics or Latinos in these United States. Again, Take Good Note Of This and continue your push in voting for President Obama in 2012 now that you know unequivocally how Repugs feel about you!! The Difference is crystal clear. Republicans simply do not like you or care to help you and never will. They are speaking quite Loud and Clear so you understand that they don't.
Hey gop usa, I wonder if the Native Americans thought the same way about your ancestors like you do about the Latino's that are here.
Illegals can't vote anyway, at least not legally, though I suppose the law didn't stop them from coming here in the first place.
As long as I live in this country, no Republican will ever get my VOTE!!!. It's that simple.
I asume you cannot think for yourself. What has Obama done for anyone but himself. Don't be fooled, I was in 2008, but not again. Signed..lifelong registered democrat.
Mitt should let them know that his father was born in Mexico. That should help him get some of the latino vote. CNN will not report that fact.
If anyone did report this it wouldn't help Mitt; his granddaddy had multiple wives in Mexico, would hurt him with the female vote and the anti-Mormon vote. Don't try to pretend that CNN isn't giving fair coverage to Romney, they are bending over backwards to the middle and thank goodness, I'm sick to death of the extreme coverage of Fox and MSNBC!
They just showed a clip of a lady saying that she supports Romney for exactly that reason. She didn't speak a word of english. I've never met a US citizen, natural born or immigrant, that cannot speak a word of english. I guess the voting ballots will be in spanish, and citizenship is no longer required. Otherwise, what does it matter what a foreign national thinks- they can't vote!
There are plenty of "Americans" who do not speak English, just the fact, I don't like it either
Yes, they vote Texan... ;) I dont know what is like where you are, but here in DFW they have more signs in Spanish in front of voting places than in English. If you have a fake ID and DL that's all It takes I guess.
As long as they are legal citizens of the US who cares....they deserve to vote. If they are illegals voting then they need to be shot.
Why are Liberals so racist?
"why are liberals so racist"
Welll in you bizarro, upside down, conservative fantasy world of lies, your truth is the opposite of the actual truth.
Hope that helps.
Now go take dose of bath salts for more hallucinations.
The real question is Why Are So Many CONServatives so fraught with prejudice, racism, and divisiveness against Hispanics and Latinos? Answer that. Why? Will they pass the Dream Act? No! It would be a cold day in hell that they would bother themselves to do that. Instead, they would love to Drive Hispanics and Latinos out of this country so they won't be such a menacing threat to their reelection efforts anymore! Why haven't they helped the Democrats in Congress pass the Dream Act that the Democrats, by comparison, are dying to pass for Hispanics and Latinos? Why is it that only Repubs champion and pass profiling immigration laws like the ones in Arizona and other states that are quite hurtful even to native born Americans of Hispanic or Latino heritage? And even the courts have invalidated much of the Republican-made laws against Latinos. Take Good Note Of That! And why is one of Arizona's famous sheriffs under investigation by the Justice Department?
Repubs have also been working doubly hard drawing up redistricting lines to give them the advantage and to further marginalize Hispanics and Latinos to be under Republicans who could care less about them and would just as soon throw them under the bus and forget all about them. Our Only Hope is OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!! Viva La Raza!!!!!! We WILL Overcome and re-elect President Obama who truly Believes in us and helps us even as his opponent would rather not do. That is why La Raza Will Be the Deciding Factor That Will Overwhelmingly Vote Obama in for another term in November!! Get over it already. Repubs, your guy just doesn't have what it takes. He just doesn't cut it in this race!
We dont need you or your illegal friends,do the american taxpayer a favor and self deport please.
Good luck with that.
Don't group all conservatives into one idiot poster. Obama is another one who could care about latino's or hispanics.
Please quit drinking the Obama koolaid, he cares nothing for you, he would do anything for re-election to push his socialist/communist/leftist/so-called progressive agenda. When will he quit spending money we do not have, ask that question? Got kids?
The other top story by Navarette complains that in Texas the Latino candidate is unfairly being linked to illegal immigration in attack ads yet this story classifies that issue as important to all Latinos-it's not. Cruz is a great example why taking Americans who are from around 30 countries and territories and artificially putting them together as some race or ethnic group based on the fact they were old Spanish colonies. They have NOTHING in common except they speak Spanish, they are all different races and cultures. Just because an issue may be important to Americans of Mexican descent, dos not mean anyone else from a Latin American country cares about it. This type of small minded thinking that Hispanic and Latino is this one unified group will hurt Latino candidates like Cruz who want and need broader support outside of that community.
Exactly, like because spanish is spoken people are sheep, that is the only thing in common, as a Bolivian born I do not have nothing in common with Central Americans,Cubans etc, I vote Republican and I am against illegal inmigration. Stop granting birth rights to babies with illegal parents. There is no comunal voting. I agree with you.
Except 70% of Latinos in this country are from Mexico.
The Mexican American vote is by far the most important Latino vote. Arizona, North Carolina, Utah, Colorado, Virginia.....will go Blue in the next 10 years because the GOP believes they should STOP latinos from voting instead of listening to them.
All other Latin people needs Mexican Americans blessing if they want to be or do something especially in Texas,so deal with it! We have been here before white people,don't forget that.
"They have NOTHING in common except they speak Spanish, they are all different races and cultures."
That is a load of crapola. We Hispanics have a LOT of things in common: history, geography, religion, music, art, sports, etc. Latin American could be one country: It would NEVER have the Civil War that the USA had, for starters.
It should be "thinly". It's obvious that English is not your first language, or perhaps you don't even speak one language well. Latinos have to speak two or more. Shazbot!
That depends; what kind?
I read one of the comments complaining about Spanish ads. Why do businesses advertise is Spanish? The answer is Capitalism, the very same reason many come to the United States. If I had a business and was making $1,000,000 in profit a year and I had a chance to make $3,000,000 in profit if I advertised in Spanish. Guess what; I'm advertising in Spanish too. It is totally legal and if you were a true American you would support Free Enterprise, a very important reason by which this country is great.
English only please,if you want to come here learn our language and culture first,and if your illegal get out now!!
(GOP USA) You made no sense; apparently English was not your first language, that or you can't put a simple sentence together.
Saving money itself is not wrong, but windfall to the wealthy just when we can least afford it is deception. The Republican Party doesn't tell the country that the pennies Bubba saved would cause trillions of deficit because of the windfalls to the wealthy.
The Republican Party is shrewd but lack of ethics. They know people love to save money, so they offer to cut taxes. It turns out for every penny a Bubba saves, the wealthy save $1 million. Yes, people get to save money, but the wealthy gets a windfall. That's the wrong of the Republican party, brilliant, but without morality.
For the ones that say that we only speak English...Ya veras que pronto os veo estudiando Espanol, a marchas forzadas cuando no encuentreis trabajo en unos anitos. Aunque seguramente sereis los que no tienen pelotas para abrir un libro, esa cosa rectangular con hojas. En este pais, afortunadamente, se habla Espaniol, adedemas de Ingles, y otras lenguas, pero ya me imagino que los que teniendo esas limitaciones, tiene que ser muy muy dificil de entender.
I hate how people assume all Latinos vote one way...we can be pretty divided, even on issues like immigration. It's not like there is some giant Latino meeting we all attend and then decide as a group where to cast our votes. We care about particular issues just like any other group. My family is pretty divided about 50/50 Republican/Democrat just may families. And trying to spout out a few Spanish sentences you learned doesn't impress either.
I find it funny when everyone gets all scared and thinks that Hispanics all gather and meet to plan the destruction of the US, the extermination of Whites, and how to get more immigrants here illegally.
It's all hype people, we have no conspiracy against anyone.
People will be very surprised how well Romney does with Latinos. The media knows this and this is why they keep whipping up these stories.
Totally agree, Rommey is the man... he has already proposed the plan of free food inpiered by his friend Charles Worley in NC, of course keeping also all Latinos with in a third electrified fenced area.
Its ok because we dont pander to illegals and their friends to get votes,we can easily win this election without the latino vote.One thing is forsure all illegals must go.
Unfortunately for this country, the majority of minorities in this country will always vote democrat because it's the liberals that give them their EBT cards and free stuff. What's going to happen when the working people are the minority and the ones who just take and give nothing in return are the majority; the country will go bankrupt just like Greece; how will these deadbeats get their welfare once this happens???
With 16 trillion in debt we are broke. But lets vote Odummer in again so he can spend spend spend some more.
Latinos as a minority, in my observation, are hard working people. The Latino family might be poor and need assistance when they're beginning a life in the US, like most immigrants were in the past centuries, but once their children have adapted and have become educated, they become part of the middle classes.
The media seems to be whipping up racial and ethnic hatred a lot these days. Most Hispanics and whites that I know are friends and many also marry eachother. Their children are a nice micture of the new and old world. It sure is a shame we cannot celebrate the many ethnic mixtures that we Americans share. Instead, we pit those ethnicities against eachother. My dad is German and my mom is Mexican. I love them both and cherish both my ethnicities. I have been to both Germany and Mexico. I love them both.
What really annoys me is that on the comment boards there are people who think that since some White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, etc. committed a crime against one's own race or ethnicity that you should hate all one race for the actions of few. But why would one hate all one group for the action of one or a few?
They are trying to breed us out of existence. The U.S. Census Bureau says that by 2040, the White population will be a minortiy, YAY, then we can make a N.A.A.W.P. party.
Whites will not be a minority in 2040. This is a statistical distortion propogated by the white hating media on purpose. The distortion lies in the fact that nearly 50% of Hispanics are racially white. In addition, 30% of first generation hispanics marry Anglos. Their children are racially white. By the second generation, the percentage jumps to 60%. Their children are also racially white and will not speak Spanish. Colectively, in terms of race, whites will account for over 80% of the population in 2050. What is also interesting about these statistics is the that census beareau never said whites will be the minority. Only the media and media representatives have. The numbers have not. White is a race. Hispanic is an ethnicity. Hope this helps.
That's a bunch of nonsense, we are not trying to exterminate White people. At least I'm not.
Non-Hispanic whites are 40% of the Texas population.
Not if we deport of the 20 mill illegals,and we can auction off their property they obtained here illegally to pay for their one way trip home!
What defines you? Maybe it’s the shade of your skin, the place you grew up, the accent in your words, the make up of your family, the gender you were born with, the intimate relationships you chose to have or your generation? As the American identity changes we will be there to report it. In America is a venue for creative and timely sharing of news that explores who we are. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send Feedback | Subscribe