Latino Voters Let Down by Obama

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On Nov. 4, 2008, a record-breaking 10.2 million Latino voters cast ballots in the U.S. presidential election—a 25 percent jump over the 2004 tally. Obama won nearly 70 percent of those votes, targeting the fastest-growing segment of the electorate with bumper stickers reading “Obámanos,” promises of immigration reform, and a vague-but-positive slogan of “hope.”

Four years later, the economy remains stalled and the unemployment rate for Latinos hovering between 10 and 11 percent.

And while Obama made promises on immigration — a message he used to gain Latino support in 2008, his failure to deliver has Hispanics wondering whether he ever will.


The Hispanic Conservative points out that politically speaking, the Dream Act directive is Machiavellian.  It puts Republicans on their heels and could shift more Latinos in southwestern states toward Obama come November; or it could cause a backlash.

If President Obama had the power to execute this directive now, then he had such powers years ago. Why wait nearly four years to make good on your word?  Does a last minute initiative sound like the conduct of a President who considers immigration reform a top priority?

For more than a year, Democrats had controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. They used their influence and power to pass a wide-ranging overhaul of the health care industry – one the public didn’t want.

What Latinos get is an eleventh hour ad hoc reversible directive only made to promote one man’s ambition for reelection. After the initial excitement wanes in the Hispanic community, Latinos may come to see Obama’s initiative as nothing more than a mockery of their political value and intelligence.


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Claire is an editor of the YoungPatriots website. A 20-something mom, her main concern is how the decisions made in government today will affect the lives of her children when they're her age. She believes passionately in a limited government, a charitable church and a peaceful personal life. In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas.
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