Democrats Mobilize Hispanics on Immigration - What is the Republican Response?
by Bob Price on February 29, 2012 at 8:57 AM
Journal.us reports this week that Hispanic community leaders are launching an "unprecedented" national campaign to register 200,000 Latino voters and to mobilize 100,000 to go to the polls in November. Please let me translate that for you. Democrat activists are hitting the streets to leverage the wedge that has been driven between Hispanics and their conservative beliefs.
The Latinos for Democracy campaign claims they are working against the suppression of the minority vote. They are seeking to educate Hispanics about what they perceive as the most pressing issues.
These efforts are being organized by the Hispanic Federation, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). These are all liberal/Democrat leaning organizations.
The groups claim that Republican extremism is unacceptable. LCLAA executive director Hector Sanchez said, "They (Republicans) have to have practical proposals that benefit the country and not an extremist rhetoric that is creating hatred against the Latino community and an environment where crimes motivated by hatred against Latinos are increasing."
But reality reveals that Republicans in Texas do indeed have a practical proposal. Last summer, Republican State Legislator John Garza put forward to the Texas House Republican Hispanic Conference a comprehensive proposal addressing these very issues in the form of a Texas House resolution, HCR88.
In an interview with TexasGOPVote's Adryana Boyne, Rep. Garza explained, "HCR 88 urges Congress to enact an overhaul of the immigration system to promote national security and economic prosperity. The bill was laid out before the State Affairs Committee of the Texas House of Representatives. It received a standing ovation."
Rep. Charlie Green said, "This is the best piece of immigration legislation of the session." Another Representative noted, "This is the only bill we've seen that actually proposes a solution to the immigration problem." The Resolution was voted out of the committee unanimously, 11-0, on April 19th with a bipartisan vote.
Unfortunately, Republican presidential candidates who have supported sensible immigration reform and who have attempted to reach out to Hispanic voters have not been able to gain traction in the Republican Primary. Does this mean these Democrat groups are correct?
TexasGOPVote blogger and founder of Latinos Ready to Vote, Linda Vega doesn't think so. As I reported in November, her group is actively engaged in reaching out to the Hispanic community. She had identified that there are over 1 million immigrants in Texas who are legally eligible to become citizens. Her group's mission is to reach out to them as a Republican, talk with them about their naturally conservative values and help them become citizens and future Republican voters.
Because of the history of voter registration fraud by Democrat backed groups in the past, Republicans must also be skeptical of the activities of LULAC and the Democrat groups listed at the top of the article. Groups like King Street Patriots do an outstanding job of monitoring voter registration statistics and watch for registrations that do not meet specific data-driven standards. Their "True the Vote" program has proven effective at uncovering fraud in voter registration programs and in providing activists training to effectively shut down voter fraud at the polls. It should be noted that their efforts are exclusively data driven and do not target specific groups or organizations or communities.
Linda Vega with Latino's Ready to Vote works with immigrants who are in the process of becoming citizens.
Many factors will weigh into the results of the November election. For Republicans to be successful in maintaining the gains of conservative policies and elected officials, we must become effective in reaching out to the fastest grown demographic group in the south and southwest. That being the Hispanic population. We must be mindful of the language we use in communicating with these groups and not continue to give Democrats the ammunition they need to keep these people voting not only against Republicans but against their own conservative values.
We will continue to report on the activities of minority voter outreach, both by Republican and Democrat groups. Conservatives have a great message to deliver and Democrats have decades of failure in terms of what they have done to the minority communities. Republicans are the party that can provide opportunity and hope to people who want to grow in our society. We must become more effective in delivering this message.
The director of Arizona's Mi Familia Vota (My Family Votes) said the political scenario has changed in Arizona. He is correct. The author of harsh anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona was recalled by voters and removed from office. Other states have tried to follow Arizona's lead and they have found the economic downturn that followed the enactment of these policies. Fortunately Texas was able to block this economic time bomb from stopping the recovery that is well underway in Texas.
Heredia said, "The politicians who ignore or marginalize this electoral bloc during the primaries will pay the consequences in November."
We will not make that mistake!