October 2nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET

It's immigration, stupid, say Latino voters in Nevada

Editor’s note: In America follows the fight to win an essential voting bloc in Nevada, a battleground state with one of the fastest-growing Latino populations in the nation. Soledad O’Brien reports “Latino in America: Courting Their Vote” at 8 p.m. ET Sunday.

By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - Marlene Monteolivo was a Democrat for many years, then a Republican. Now she's registered as a nonpartisan voter in Nevada who wants to support a candidate who will make the economy better.

The Colombia native, who works for a Las Vegas social services agency, says she's leaning toward GOP challenger Mitt Romney. She likes his business sensibilities.

Not surprisingly, Latinos nationwide put the economy as their top priority in a CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday.

But there's a hiccup. And it's a big one called immigration.

It's the 200-pound anchor on the Republican message, say experts in Nevada politics.

Monteolivo doesn't like that Republicans blocked passage of the Dream Act, which would have created a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. She bristled at Romney's comment that 47% of Americans feel entitled to government aid. She took it to mean that Latinos, many of whom are not well off, are considered freeloaders.

Come November, Monteolivo says, her option might be to "vote for none of the above."

Romney and President Barack Obama are vying for the attention of 268,000 eligible Latino voters in Nevada, a critical bloc in a battleground state that is still reeling from the Great Recession.

Nevada leads the nation in the number of foreclosures and in the unemployment rate - 12.6%. The rate among Hispanics is even worse - a dismal 14.6%.

Add that to Latino disillusion with Obama for failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and Romney ought to be able to grab a chunk of Latino voters, says Carlo Maffatt, who works on Latino outreach for the Republican Party.

"With the economy as bad as it is, you would think lot of people would blame Obama and say, 'Let me give Mitt Romney a shot,' " Maffatt says.

But that's not the case.

In 2008, Nevada Latinos overwhelmingly voted for Obama, with whose help he handily defeated Arizona Sen. John McCain. Latinos were energized then by the promise of change in America's immigration policies.

Four years later, the Dream Act - designed to create a path to citizenship for some young undocumented immigrants - is all but dead on Capitol Hill.

Obama did sign an executive order that defers deportation for undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as children. But that does not change current immigration law.

"You hear Latino voices saying. 'Obama has not delivered,' " says David Damore, a University of Las Vegas political scientist. But that disappointment is more likely to translate into a "let's-just-stay-at-home" attitude - as is the case with Monteolivo - instead of voting GOP, even though Romney has tried to hit home with his message in Nevada.

"I have walked in Nevada neighborhoods blighted by abandoned homes, where people wonder why Barack Obama failed them," Romney said in a speech in Las Vegas earlier this year. "Well, Mr. President, Nevada has had enough of your kind of help."

Tough times might be the reason why Nevada has gone from a strong Obama state in 2008 to a real battleground this time around. But it may not be enough to sway Latinos. That's because many of them - such as Monteolivo - cannot get over a widely held perception that the Republican Party's immigration policy boils down to a debate on how high to build the fence along the border, Damore says.

The thinking is, he says, is that maybe we should give Romney a chance to fatten our pocketbooks but we can't take the risk with immigration.

That perception has not been eased any by Republican candidates in the state. In the nasty 2010 Senate race, Republican Sharron Angle claimed her opponent, veteran Sen. Harry Reid, was too soft on illegal immigration.

Latino groups expressed outrage over Angle's ads that they said were racist. They featured ominous images of a border crossing and hostile-looking Latino men; one carried an assault rifle.

She also drew ire for proclaiming to Hispanic school children: "Some of you look a little more Asian to me."

Reid defied anti-incumbent fervor to win a fifth term in office. Post-election pundits agreed that Hispanics, 15% of Nevada's electorate, had stood unified behind Reid to save him.

Since then, Nevada's Latino voters have grown in numbers. They have, after all, accounted for nearly half of the overall population growth in the state over the past 10 years. Their voting clout is sure to keep rising, and they form a voting bloc that will keep gaining national significance.

That clout is even heavier in an extremely close election year in which the Silver State's six electoral votes are oh so precious. Obama can no longer count on the overwhelming support of Latinos, and Romney has yet to figure out a way to connect, says Eric Herzik of the University of Nevada at Reno.

"The Latino vote may not be wild about Obama, but Romney has not shown them what he can do," says Herzik, chairman of his university's political science department. Romney's argument, says Herzik, is that everyone will be better off with lower taxes and less government regulation.

"That's a very nonspecific message," Herzik says for Nevadans who are about to lose their home, lose everything. "Many in Nevada are saying. 'I'm not having a problem paying my taxes. I'm having a problem paying my mortgage.' "

Ana Navarro: To woo Latinos, Romney needs specifics

If the Republicans were able to effectively lay out their economic message, they might have a chance in getting Latinos to overlook what they see as problems in GOP immigration policy, Herzik says.

Omar Lopez voted for Obama in 2008 but this year, he is still undecided.

Lopez's Las Vegas residential real estate business suffered a great deal in one of the hardest-hit housing markets in the country. He downsized his staff from 12 to 3. He says the president has a competitor worth listening to.

In Romney, Lopez sees a successful businessman who can perhaps solve the nation's woes. The problem is he hasn't heard specifics.

Last week, he went to hear Romney's son Craig speak at the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors in hopes of hearing a solid economic recovery plan. Part of that, Lopez says, has to be an emphasis on education.

"We are going to crash as a nation if we stop taking away money from education and the economy will be even worse than what it is," Lopez says. "Our kids are not going to college."

Nevada has the highest dropout rate among the 50 states. Only about 60% of Hispanic students in Nevada graduate from high school, according to the state of Nevada.

"I haven't heard a specific plan for education," Lopez says. "How are we going to raise our federal budget to support school programs? How are we going to motivate our teachers?"

Education and the economy are huge issues for Lopez, who is raising a 5-year-old son. But immigration policy is right up there.

He achieved the American dream after arriving from Colombia when he was only 21 and understands why immigration is a roadblock between Latinos and the GOP.

Maffatt, the GOP outreach worker, blames it partly on what he calls a lackluster effort by the Republicans. Hands down, he admits, the Democrats have done a better job connecting with Latinos.

He pointed to Obama's Las Vegas campaign appearance Sunday at the predominantly Hispanic Desert Pines High School. Sharing the stage was Mexican band Mana. Obama might as well have had U2 by his side. Obama's sixth appearance in Nevada this year hit the jackpot with Latino voters, who showed up in droves if not to see him, then the hottest rock stars south of the border.

Clever move, says Maffatt, who thinks the Mana concert will help re-energize Democratic Latino voters who might have become disappointed with the president's failure to pass immigration reform.

"Is it the right way to present a candidate? That's debatable," Maffatt says. "But the point is they are doing something. I don't see any (GOP) resources going into Nevada."

Lopez, the real-estate businessman, did not go to hear Mana. He gave his four tickets away to one of his clients.

She called him up the next day crying with excitement. "Oh, God," she told him. "I got to see the president."

It's those small things, Lopez says, that might help Obama with Latinos in Nevada. As for Lopez? He'll be waiting eagerly in front of his television set Wednesday night as Obama and Romney engage in their first debate.

CNN iReport: What would you ask the candidates in the first debate?

Lopez be tuning in for promises on education, the economy - and immigration.

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  1. Freedom aint free

    Americans must sue the countries of illegals .illegals have no Contribution. 553 billion per year spent on Latinos should go to Black &Native american Communities.Stop the over population ,polution,caused by illegals.

    November 5, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. miquel

    "Democrats do nothing for black Americans except mine them for votes, ginning
    them up with tall tales about racist Republicans. This week, a guest on MSNBC
    said that Republicans’ idea of foreign policy is to go to war with “one of those
    brown countries over there.”

    This is in contradistinction to Obama, who simply wants to impoverish the brown
    people over here. Have you seen the black unemployment rates lately?
    (They’re hard to notice, since the NFM keeps them hidden in that vast warehouse
    with the Ark of the Covenant.)

    The august New York Times recently explained that illegal immigration has no effect
    on unemployment because illegal immigrants compete only with “native-born workers
    without a high school diploma.”

    As noted by Vanderbilt law professor Carol Swain, author of “Debate Immigration,”
    that means black workers. Illegal immigration, she says, harms blacks “the most
    because they’re disproportionately low-skilled.” "

    October 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Waltsp

    Hispanic? Let's be Americans.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ordinary Average American

    I do not doubt for a second that the immigration system needs to be changed.
    However, we are going to have to do one of two things:
    We are either going to have to enforce existing immigration laws, or we are going to have to annex Mexico.
    If we are supposed to to pay for all of these people freely streaming across the border, then we had better start taxing them all too, all the way to Guatemala.
    You see, we love Mexicans! We love love love love love love love immigrants and we love love love love love everyone everywhere, but that's not the point here. The point is that we cannot afford to feed, clothe, and shelter everyone in Mexico for their entire life, unless we make them all citizens and TAX THEM.
    Look at it this way: Would we expect Mexicans and the Mexican Government to pay for the living expenses of all Americans? No, you wouldn't expect that. We are borrowing $1.3 Trillion more every year under Obama, and we just cannot keep doing that forever.
    Immigration Reform? Sure! We should make it easier for non-criminal skilled America-loving citizens of other countries to come to America and be American citizens. However, if they have zero skills and nothing to contribute, lock the door.
    If they hate America, lock the door. This country is for Americans who want to be Americans and want to contribute to other Americans. We're the only country in the world with a political class that thinks we are International United Nations Territory. China doesn't do that. Mexico doesn't do that. No one else does that.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. k_Daraa

    I liked the part in the article about what Omar Lopez thought about education being so important to Nevada's and America's future. I too, not only would like the candidates to lay out "real economic policy goals", but to address the problems with our education system.

    October 20, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Ordinary Average American

      While we're waiting forever for schools to improve, we must begin at home. Kids do better in school when the parents are actively being parents. Turn the TV off most of the day. Get rid of the soda. Get the kids to bed early. Make them do their homework. Go to Parent-Teacher Conferences and go see the teacher once in a while when when you drop the kids off at school. Support school staff appropriately (unless they're absolutely crazy or criminal). Spend time with those kids, dreaming about their future together.
      It takes a Team Effort.

      October 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wendi adams

    Well I am very appreciated to the government of america, because when I am still there I could work in every places so I have alot of experienced,with this all about I could work in my country in a high position and in a good income, because my knowledge have more lesson from american college, now I would to tell american peoples who want to vote their candidate for president election, and I just want to say the president for the next second term just only Obama would lead again in american campaign..and become a president...ok el senor el presidente Obama, hasta la vista, chaw.

    October 20, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. San Juaninos

    Wow, are people really so stupid that they would vote for a president for no other reason than because he showed up to an event with popular musicians? I guess, based on this article, that maybe they are.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Auth

    Since no one here knows the details of the case, any spcifiec ideas you receive here would be a lie.Just stick to the facts about the hardship.References : 0Was this answer helpful?

    October 15, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Sofia

      Warrior Ben October 18, 2011 Thanks Michael, you are absolutely right about not going back. Anytime I feel tginhs are starting to slip I make sure to be extremely diligent in keeping the basic tginhs of my life in order. I absolutely hate the feeling of not being in control of my life, so I focus on the tginhs I can control rather than dwell on what I can't.

      November 17, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jenn

    It is important to keep in mind that both legal and illegal immigrants are still coming to the U.S. from various countries not only from Mexico and other Latin American countries. I do believe that there is a need to secure our borders, but what shall we do about the illegal immigrants already in this country. It is unfair to stereotype all immigrants as a burden on society because there are many who pay taxes and contribute to the good of their communities.

    October 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beto

      Thank you for having some common sense.

      October 14, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
    • SC

      Good points all around, Except that these options have been available to them already, ie the military and legal immigration options. But rather than take those routes, they have been unwilling to wait in line. So, basically they have broken into our house, and we are instead of defending ourselves been required to feed, clothe, and provide them with medical assistance. Now our government and the bleeding hearts are insisting that we must make room for them, and push everyone else, who I might add have been standing patiently in line for all this time back because now you have people who have cut in front of them and must be taken care of ahead of them,, So that makes perfect sense... lets just all sit around and sing kumbaya and be happy..... While our country is filled to the brim with ignorant laws by socialist...... Maybe those of us that have brains should make another deal like the Louisiana Purchase and start our own country...

      October 20, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
      • SC

        not where that comment was ment to be placed!

        October 20, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. bubba rydel

    i'm mexican and i don't care about immigration. i can't even speak spanish. my dad, uncles cousins all fought in the military. i care about american families, values, taxes and the economy. most mexicans feel the same way i do. the only thing that i hate in this country is racism. that will decide my vote. if you are in this country illegally, you are breaking the law. end of story.

    October 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mike rodgers

    Most countries shoot border jumpers as needed. Try walking into Russia or China. We have enough taco shop employees and grass cutters thanks. The melting pot is full, go home. I say put all border jumpers in prison for 10 years first offense.

    October 8, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. SwTk

    Haters? Are you for real? If you are Mexican American – you are an American, just as I am an Irish American. But WE are American citizens. That is not the issue. I’m tired of being made to feel sorry for people that break the law. My heart is supposed to bleed for people that don’t pay taxes, get free health care, while there are citizens that have to work their ass off to help pay for these illegal aliens needs.

    October 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Calaf

    Why these ppl..don't go and fight for their own rights in their own countries..why United States,,they don't pay tax..I will vote 4any candidate who is against illegal aliens..Here in NY they have all the jobs..and group them self to hire only their own ppl for less money..Say no 2illegal aliens..100%..The braking the taxation system apart..

    October 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alumette

    yeah, you may get to stay but it's because Mitt likes cheap labor. If you think you will pick up perks with education and healthcare...think again. Stupid is as stupid does.

    October 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • SwTk

      How about these folks actually immigrate? Become American citizens? Why should we be concerned that NON-Americans cannot vote in the upcoming election? If anyone would read the rules for voting – ya gotta be an American citizen. I don’t see the controversy. What the heck is stopping “generations” of ILLEAGAL aliens from applying for citizenship?

      October 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lee

        What is stopping many from applying for citizenship is called deportation. I fail to understand though why any Latino who is worried about immigration would vote for Romney. The Republican party is the reason that we Obama was not able to get his reforms through Congress. Does any Latino really think that Romney would have a better policy considering how closely allied he now is with the tea-party who from what I can see want all immigrants deported, not just the so-called illegal ones.

        October 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. M Gonzales

    WRONG, Immigration is only really really important to people that are either illegal aliens, related to in some way illegal aliens or are first generation immigrants. However for us Latino's that were born in America and our parents and so forth the economy is number one on our list at the moment. Why in the world do people insist on trying to lump ALL hispanics into one group?

    October 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kate

    How many Latinos in our country are illegal (because that's what it is when someone's in a country without the proper paperwork), and how many buy stolen social security numbers and other identification that belongs/ed to American citizens? How many illegal citizens will slip into a voting booth this November and do yet another thing they have not right to: cast a vote for our POTUS. You do not have the right! You are stealing! You are breaking the law! Either go the route everyone else has to, or leave, I don't care how many children you've delivered on this side of the border!

    October 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • true

      100% agree Kate im puerto rican and can't stand being grouped with the mexican race I dont freeload i work for a living but know to many that freeload off the government send em back already who cares how many kids they had send em back get them out!

      October 7, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  17. John

    What exactly do they want changed in the immigration law? My issue with illegal immigration is my tax dollars are spent to educate and provide healthcare. This affects the quality of education for my children as well a takes money out of my pocket. I am all for legal immigration but everyone has to pay their fair share for the American Dream. The middle class American taxpayer is having a hard enough time as is and uncontrolled illegal immgration is hitting my wallet.

    October 5, 2012 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Easy Beefy

      Sorry to break it to you, but immigration isn't the problem. If medical costs aren't controlled, I'll emigrate. Don't see that as a problem? I'm a middle aged small business owner.

      October 5, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  18. Tom

    They can't claim it's about immigration then bring up the dream act. Not with a straight face anyway. Admit it, it's all about compete amnesty.

    October 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Peter

    Tragically, most voters (Latino or not) don't realize they have more than two choices. The media would have you believe that you can only vote Republican or Democrat, and ignore the other four candidates on the ballot. Granted, a third party candidate is not likely to win any of the next few elections, but that could change if some of them start registering a significant number of votes. Some people might tell you that a third party vote is throwing away your vote, but they are wrong, voting third party is the best way to show your dissatisfaction with the shortcomings of the disaster that we call our government (short of a full scale rebellion).

    October 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roni

      Warrior Ben October 26, 2011 Thanks Cory! Keep reading and I'll keep wriintg On a serious note, I'm glad I can be of help. Please remember that no matter how bad things can feel (and believe me I know they can feel absolutely horrible) that things really do get better. I know it sounds cliche, but that's the reason I wrote this post. The feeling of depression can seem like a one way tunnel to nothing, but life really does turn itself around and the things I outlined in this post can help facilitate that turnaround.

      November 17, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  20. Anon

    Mexicans, though vast in numbers, do not represent the latino whole. I do not agree with any of these ideas. I believe people should have to work for what they receive.

    October 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      It's not what you say. I's free healthcare, free education, ability to behave with impunity which = becoming a third world culture.

      October 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Criolla

      I agree with you, latinos are not like sheep, the only thing in common is language and vastly separated by values, culture, tradition,cultures.
      Most do not aprove of illegal inmigration. Most South Americans we came legally and we had to prove self suficient and responsable, no criminal records.
      Mexicans are anti american in one hand and with the other beg for free averything.

      October 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Elmeromero

        She is right, latinos come in all shapes and sizes, heck we even have prejudiced latinos like Criolla here, who thinks she is better than others. Very south american by the way ;-P

        October 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I appreciate your perspective but exceptions don’t make the rules.

      If Latinos do not want to be grouped then they should stop referring to themselves as a GROUP. How can you say they are all so different, yet claim to know what most of them think or feel. Hypocrite?

      October 5, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |


    October 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elmeromero

      Thanks for your screaming in capital letters. It lets the legal latinos know who should they vote for. Screaming prejudiced options, or something else.

      October 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Anonymous

    But at the same time who wants to go to the military?? A better education is the route for hispanics, that is all they want. Better jobs = Better Pay= American Dream

    October 4, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      If the majority of them wanted this..then they could create that in their home countries. You logic is weak.

      October 5, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • true

      please understand something if your reading this the problem with the dream act is that we are putting foreigners in our military even though we are giving them amnesty and citizen ship they are still foreigners in our United States military that is against the law back in 2009 a survey was taken in the air force and marines soldiers were asked if they would fire on American citizens if ordered to do so and 94% said they would not. Hence the dream act foreigners will shoot Americans because they want to take what others have governments throughout history used guerrillas and foreign troops to oppress its population. Our country is going to hell in a hand-basket the economy will not improve it will get worse. And to whoever is reading this reject the REAL ID do not take the REAL ID ACT coming January of 2013 google REAL ID ACT 2013

      October 7, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Well those who have no family have no other cohcie but I think since my mother has given all of her good years taking care of me when she gets to be very old and can't do stuff for her self I'll keep her. I know it's tough work but I'll be there and if I can't I still keep her and have a nurse just for her. I will have hidden cameras cause I won't want anybody hurting her while I'm away. But I think it's sad when family members do that to get rid of them.They should help them with love as how they did when they were young.

      October 13, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jean

    It's illegal immigration and back door amnesty stupid. That's what we're mad about. The dream act is nothing more than back door amnesty and I am 100% against that. Now, if these illegals would be willing to serve our country for 4 years instead of doing nothing more than being here. However, our current immigration policy allows for potential immigrants to serve in our military as a path to citizenship so I don't see the need for the dream act.

    October 4, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Agreed. I would also add that they receive no government assistance or education for family members that are non-citizens including education in public schools.

      October 5, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Yeah, let's send them to be killed in war-then they get their citizenship! That's a brilliant idea Jean. I don't think that they're qualified for education; that would leave them HERE doing nothing, correct? And yes, let's remove the Dream Act and all branches of it because, as you clarified before, the military life is the only way to prove that you are a TRUE American. Not a fake. And you can only be American in this country...not a Mexican...or Guatemalan...or Honduran. I wonder what Native Americans-the few that weren't killed off by the white man-think about the Caucasians...cause' they didn't have to PROVE or SERVE anything or anyone to take this land and claim ownerships. Immigrants-what a perverted, ignorant word.

      October 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leonardo

        Unfortunately weak minds think Native American Indians were the first inhabitants of North America which is so far from the truth its hilarious. Research human evolution and notice Native Americans claim is still in the last 1% of human existence. Many other cultures lived and dies here hundred of thousands of years before you Native claim.

        October 9, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  24. m12

    Why is this so hard?
    Get rid of all criminal illegal aliens, allow hard working illegals a path
    What is up with Obama?
    Bush actually wanted to ease the law, but neither party is capable of doing anything anymore

    October 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  25. No Obama

    In my America second place was embarrassing. We didn't coddle losers or treat them in a special way.
    You lost your big game, you kicked a can all the way home and felt bad.
    I'm certain its the same in Latin countries, were pride is high and succeeding is the goal.
    Latino's – vote for a leader.
    Vote Romney.

    October 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  26. ObamaLiedLiesWillLie

    Hola Latinos – sorry about our President and his failed promises to you, but you shouldn't expect any special treatment. President Obama is a pathologial and systematic liar, and the only thing you can count on is that he will always lie to you.

    Please don't stay home...go out and vote....vote for Romney. Gracias.

    October 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  27. jj650

    no matter what anyone says everyone is voying what they want and need... obama never said iam going to do it he said he was going to try ... so OBAMA 2012 all the way !!!!!

    October 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Yuuuup

    Maybe WE (US) should kust take over Mexico? Most of their citizens seem to like us better anyway.

    October 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Yuuuup


    ITs immigration they say?! YEA! When you do it legally!!!!!

    October 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I completely agree! If due process isn't followed, then it's an invasion, not immigration.

      October 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  30. WVirginia

    According to the Pew Hispanic survey, 36% of Latinos identify their race as white. Remember, Hispanic/Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Half (51%) identify their race as "some other race" and 3% say their race is black.

    October 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nayt

      Actually, most Latinos/"Hispanics" are of Native American descent or multi-racial. However, many do believe they are "white" stemming from Spanish colonial mentality. Hispanic/Latinos is not even an ethnicity as it is a cultural group. People of different races can be considered Latino if they belong to a Hispanicized cultural background.

      October 4, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  31. Obvious

    Typical latinos all they care about is immigration and once again they will ruin this country by voting for obama. And they wonder why a lot of people look down on latinos.

    October 3, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Nayt

      Many Latinos such as Puerto Ricans or Mexicans did not immigrant to this country, but whose lands were annexed. To indicate that Latinos care about immigration is a obvious generalization.
      Anyone looking down at a particular group is simply racist.

      October 4, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Racist like?

        Racist like Mexicans are towards other Latino's of non-Mexican descent?

        October 10, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  32. harlequin

    Well I am Hispano and Native American. Some might name me a Latino. My ancestors, both European and Native American lived on this continent before the Mayflower arrived. I really like people from Mexico and Middle America. Most of the people I know personally that are from Mexico that live in the Southwest whether "illegal" or "legal" are humble very hard working people. That said. My wife of 26 yrs. is a German citizen. We married while I was on overseas duty in the military. My children are all automatically U.S. citizens. No freebees for my wife. We still had to go through all the channels. So no malice from me towards people expecting favors for immigration either way. For me it isn't even an issue. BARRACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT.

    October 3, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Reb

      This issue shouid not be one about whether or not you "like" or "don't like" legal or illegal immigrants in the Southwest or whether they are good hard working people. There are a lot of heart lifting and heart breaking human interest stories regarding immigrants and their struggles. But as a nation, we have not only a right but a responsibility to decide and enforce our immigration policy–just as every other country does–and this should not be dicatated by anyone who believes that they have some inherent right to enter the U.S. by any means they choose. With over 7 billion people now on the planet the every growing population should be a growing concern. Everyone who would like can not simply emigrate to the U.S. It is simply not a sustainable course of action.

      October 3, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |

    All you illegal immigrants we have laws in this country if you don't like them go back home and raise hell in your country.. Illegals need to respect the Laws of this great country do the right thing if you want to become a US Citizen... My family are Latinos and we are voting for Mitt Romeny/Ryan. Obama is using the illegals to get their votes he doesn't care about the Illegals. Don't forget the Democrats had full control of the House the first two years of Obama's presidency they could have easily passed immigration reform just like they passed Obama care. So now he is blaming the Republicans that "Bull Crap". Obama, is using the Latinos because he knows that they are STUPID and will believe anything he says to get their votes. This Latinos and all my family will vote for Romney/Ryan201. I know Obama is not going to do anything if he gets elected because the Republicans will then control the House, Senate and for sure some democrats will vote with the Republicans because they have in the past so don't just blame the Republicans. Remember we have laws in this country just like you have laws in your country.

    October 3, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Nayt

      I am very skeptical that you are indeed Latino.

      October 4, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
      • I think the person is Latino.

        I don't know WHICH Latino he/she is but there are big differences. And most Latinos are realizing that Mexicans are very discriminatory with other non-Mexican Latino's. In other words, the constant chusma from Mexico, has made a counter-Latino Latino that doesn't want to see the USA ruined by the worst of the worst.

        October 10, 2012 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  34. makes sense


    October 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Adriane

    Yes, Virginia there will be a Christmas, that is to say if Obama whens and you will get that so needed transfusion if you have anemia. Unlike anemia, who believes you do not deserve it, if you are not one of the lucky ones to some how or anther get a job that will help you get health care.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  36. makes sense

    ░░░░░►☼INCOMING TRANSMISSION:☼ ░░░░░► from Planet KOLOB ░░░░░► R☼Ø☼b☼u☼l☼α☼© ░░░░░► will not be sending his greetings to the  ░░░░░► 47% of Humans░░░░░►that he intends to lay waste to ░░░░░►He will instead ░░░░░► focus on creating slave labor jobs ░░░░░► for the 52% ░░░░░► who will attend to the needs of the 1% ░░░░░►☼END OF TRANSMISSION☼░░░░░►

    October 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Albert

    Yeah Obama failed to pass the DREAM act, because of republicans. At least in terms of immigration, at least Obama makes an effort to help his fellow human, whereas Romney doesn't even care.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Albert

      Too bad 'won't' and 'can't' have the same results.

      October 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Obama is turning the U.S. into the exact kind of third world country Latinos escaped, in order to come here. Four years ago, Obama made empty promises to Latino's in a desperate attempt to get their votes ... today, Obama is trying to deceive, and fool the Latino people again.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Al

        It's the Republicans that blocked the DREAM act. Considering how Romney is a people please, and doesn't care about 47% of the population, along with hiding his tax returns, yeah he'd sell out to the big money corporations and destroy everyone except the top 1%.

        October 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |

      How do you know if Romney cares or not he is not the President. Obama had a big chance to give amnesty to the illegals the first two years of his presidency when the democrats controlled the House and Obama care passed. Now he is saying it's because of the Republicans Albert you are pretty stupid. Wake-Up knock and some sense into your brainless head. Obama is a lying sack of you know what.

      October 3, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  38. You know

    All, let's be AMERICANS and go out and vote for what is best for America and for all of us; We know what Obama has done and we know his plans, We don't know what Romney would do if he reaches the white house and he is not showing us his plans. So you decide.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Ann

    Immigration will slow down without a prosperous economy, stupid! Who is going to come to a poor country?

    October 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Stone

      Answer: People from an even POORER country.

      October 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • David Stone

        Negative for the moment...yes...but when times turn better?

        October 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  40. David Stone

    He who offers the most sympathy to illegals will solidly lock up the vote of Hispanics with Mexican origin as most of them have a few illegals in their family. Obama will win due to this one voting block. As the Hispanic population continues to increase much faster than that of other races, this trend will only strengthen. I honestly don't see a Republican winning the white house any time soon.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Albert

      Well then, perhaps Republicans ought to treat immigrants better than they are doing right now. I see no problem with that at all.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Easy Beefy

      My, aren't we showing our true color, Davy.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Legal Eagle Jane

      I have read your comments up and down this page. VERY rarely do I ever bother to respond to anything I see on the internet. That being said...I am a Hispanic of Mexican descent. My family has been here 14 generations. I am an attorney. I have ONE child. My mother and father had TWO children. My grandparents had 2 children (my uncle and my mother). My husband, who is white, has 4 siblings (go figure). By the way, my uncle is a Doctor...and a Republican. Why, I will never know. And please don't say economics, because my husband and I earn DOUBLE the amount of my uncle and his wife (a dentist). I guess what I am trying to say is that in this day and age you can't lump us into one category. You use words like "most" of you. Well, there are many Hispanics out there like me. Educated, upwardly mobile, etc. I am outraged when I see comments like yours. It only reminds me that ignorance and racial prejudice run rampant in this country. Guess what? Money and education are the great equalizers. I have both. It sounds like you have neither and you're looking for someone to blame. And in case you were wondering..I didn't use ANY public funds to attend college or law school. I used a trust fund set up by my great grandfather. Also a Hispanic.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • And?

        Cry me a river.

        October 10, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
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