“They think of someone they knew… who has been deported,” Democrats May Lose Latino, Immigrant Voters

More than 400,000 illegal immigrants were deported in the fiscal year 2011, a record for the United States. There have been more deportations under President Obama’s three years in office than under the entire eight years of George W. Bush. Nevertheless, Democrats say they still deserve the votes of Latinos and other immigrants who want to see reform in U.S. immigration policies. Roll Call reports Democratic leaders like Dick Durbin and Harry Reid acknowledging that the immigration system sucks, even though, apparently, President Obama’s done more than any other president to reform the system. You didn’t notice? Neither did immigrants. From Roll Call:

“I think that there are a large number of voters, both immigrant and Latino voters, that when they first think of the president, they don’t think of additional Pell Grants, or expansion of health care, or revamping of Wall Street, or a fairer tax [system]. They think of someone they knew, either personally or related to them, or a neighbor or friend, who has been deported. And that is what first and foremost comes to mind,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said last week.  
Frank Sharry, executive director of left-leaning immigration advocacy group America’s Voice, said the failure to properly implement the policy has wreaked havoc on the Latino community and — along with a weak economy and the unmet expectation of immigration reform — could discourage them to turn out to vote for Democrats.

Might supporters of immigration reform move to Mitt Romney? Actress Rosario Dawson thinks so. From the Daily Caller:

Actress and activist Rosario Dawson told The Daily Caller that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney can “use” his heritage to make immigration issues “very personal” in the general election.
Addressing the Latino vote, Dawson predicted that Romney will “draw a lot of people in,” but said he faces some challenges because “the Republican Party has really sort of pushed away the Latino vote” in the past.
TheDC asked Dawson, the co-founder of Voto Latino, if Romney could garner support from the Latino community, given that his father was born in Mexico.
“Having his heritage be something that’s going to be really exciting for a lot of people to talk about and be really important for him to be speaking about what that’s meant to him as an immigrant — part of an immigrant family and story, that’s going to be really important and obviously Obama, who’s done a lot of deportations in his administration, that’s another thing that’s going to be something that people are really going to have to pay attention to,” Dawson [said]

Not that Republicans haven’t done their best to alienate Latino voters. From over-the-top state laws to whipped up hysteria over “anchor babies,” Republicans have made themselves even less appealing than our record-breaking deportations president.

What about Gary Johnson? As the former governor of a border state, he knows immigration issues. Even Texas Governor Rick Perry admitted a border wall is stupid and denying children of illegal immigration access to higher education is heartless, though he quickly apologized for his sober comments as they didn’t play well at all with the Republican base he was trying to woo.

Gary Johnson, too, opposes a border wall. He also supports making it easier to immigrate into the country legally and legalizing marijuana, which would help break the control Mexican drug cartels have in the border region. Running as the Libertarian nominee and not a Republican candidate lets Johnson focus on this issue, and gives immigrant voters who have seen their families and communities ripped apart by Obama’s deportations the opportunity to reject Democrat fear-mongering over Republican xenophobia and just vote for Johnson instead.

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  • ||

    I think Johnson will break an LP record for highest percentage of the vote gained in one state in New Mexico because he's popular their and offers a legitimate third choice on issues like immigration and drug policy reform.

    He'll probably end up giving New Mexico to Romney since he has more appeal to Democrats than Republicans

  • Brandybuck||

    So where does Ron Paul stand on this issue? Oh right, he wants to build a big wall along the border...

  • death panelist||

    His views evolved on that, actually...

    "The people that want big fences and guns, sure, we could secure the border,” the congressman noted. “A barbed wire fence with machine guns, that would do the trick. I don’t believe that is what America is all about. Every time you think about this toughness on the border and ID cards and REAL IDs, think it’s a penalty against the American people too. I think this fence business is designed and may well be used against us and keep us in. In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital and there’s capital controls and there’s people controls. Every time you think about the fence, think about the fences being used against us, keeping us in."
  • Eduard van Haalen||

    How paranoid!

  • pmains||

    Exactly. They won't try to keep you in. No. They'll just send the IRS after you until they've shaken every cent that they mistakenly believe you "owe" them out of your pockets.

  • Tulpa the White||

    Better get out while you can to the libertarian paradise to the south.

  • Robert||

    In 1988 he and his advisers said property owners along the border could keep uninvited persons out as trespassers, and if the border were entirely privatized....

  • ||

    ...then at least one of those thousands of landowners would open up a border crossing!

  • Tman||

    I find it amazing that the Obama admin has deported more than Bush did in half the time considering the fact that the illegal immigration has dropped substantially in the last two years due to the economic slow down.

    Doing more with less! Well done.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Why? Why would they do that? Is it a union thing? Cui bono?

  • Tman||

    I can imagine they were stupid enough to think that if they deported more illegals they would lower unemployment.

    I can imagine Biden giving it the thumbs up.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I'm thinking it must be some union appeasement. That's been the basis of Democratic foreign-bashing in the past.

  • Tman||

    IT IS ER JERBS THAT THEY DID TOOK!!

  • Rasilio||

    Honestly I'd bet it's because it is an area which Obama doesn't give a damn about either way and he's delegated responsibility to some underling and therefore there is no coherent policy guiding the governments actions here.

  • Alice Bowie||

    The Democrats and Republicans don't deserve the Latino Vote.

  • Rasilio||

    The Democrats and Republicans don't deserve the Latino American Vote.

    Fixed it for you

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    At least deport the Mexicans to Juarez's district.

  • Tulpa the White||

    denying children of illegal immigration access to higher education is heartless

    Aaaaaand the positive rights liberaltarians show their true colors once again (I assume you mean "immigrants", not "imigration").

  • mr simple||

    Immigrants! That's how they do, you know. Just drive around listening to raps and shooting all the jobs.

  • Tulpa the White||

    From over-the-top state laws to whipped up hysteria over “anchor babies,”

    I'm curious as to what Mr Krayewski is claiming here. The state laws match the federal immigration law nearly word for word, and anchor babies do exist regardless of liberaltarians' furious attempts to ignore them.

  • Just Dropping By||

    The state laws match the federal immigration law nearly word for word

    I'm pretty sure that's not correct. Arizona's law makes it a state crime punishable by jail time for someone to be in the country illegally. IIRC, federal immigration law imposes no criminal penalties on individuals for a first offense of entering the country illegally, so long as they didn't lie on any federal forms in connection with their entry.

  • DJF||

    Why is Reason so racist to think that just because lots of illegals have been deported that Hispanic citizens will vote against the person who deported them? They are two different groups and just because many of them are Hispanic does not mean that the citizen Hispanics will support the illegal Hispanics. Even the term Hispanic is not monolithic and Hispanics from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, main land USA etc etc have different interests.

  • ||

    I didn't RTFA, but the one quoted reference to the reason wasn't racism. It was family, friends, and acquaintances...

    "They think of someone they knew, either personally or related to them, or a neighbor or friend, who has been deported. And that is what first and foremost comes to mind...”
  • VG Zaytsev||

    They're from DC. And in DC there's only two kinds of brown people. The one's you kill for fun and profit and the one's that you buy votes from.

  • The Derider||

    They've got an office in L.A. You'd think they'd get a clue.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: DJF,

    Why is Reason so racist to think that just because lots of illegals have been deported that Hispanic citizens will vote against the person who deported them? They are two different groups


    Keep saying that to yourself and one day it may even come true.

    Just to let you have a glimpse of reality, the anti-immigration hysteria ends up affecting thousands of American Hispanics when they're harassed by police and immigration officers:

    "Where were you born?"
    "I'm from East LA!!"

  • Robert||

    Observers here have a grossly exaggerated estimation of the effect of political ideas on a general election in a large polity. If you want to have influence, you need to start far in advance, gaining the favor of a much smaller crowd, i.e. opinion leaders. If this were 2009 and some opinion leaders were starting to take the candidacy of Gary Johnson, or anybody else, seriously, then that would be taken seriously. By now it's far too late for the 2012 presidential election to put up somebody they haven't heard of and say, this person is someone you should pay att'n to. People think, they've already whittled down the choices of people who should be taken seriously; get back in line and start over for next time.

  • The Derider||

    Mitt Romney supports "voluntary deportation", meaning he wants to make life so terrible for illegal immigrants that they volunteer to leave, as opposed to arresting and forcibly deporting them.

    Democrats tried to pass the DREAM act. Republicans filibustered it.

    Latinos aren't stupid, and they haven't forgotten the rabid anti-immigrant arguments in the Republican primary. They know the only serious candidate anywhere close to their views on immigration is Barack Obama.

  • KPres||

    You should try reading the articles before trolling:

    "Not that Republicans haven’t done their best to alienate Latino voters. From over-the-top state laws to whipped up hysteria over “anchor babies,” Republicans have made themselves even less appealing than our record-breaking deportations president."

    Of course, Ed isn't suggesting they vote for Romney, he's suggesting they vote for Gary Johnson.

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