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Latinos should Elect Donald Trump

Immigration is not Latinos’ top concern. There’s a reason that a 2014 Pew study was headlined “Top issue for Hispanics? Hint: It’s not immigration.” Despite Democrats’ insistence that Trump’s stance on undocumented immigrants means he can’t win Latino votes, polls consistently show that Latinos’ top issues are the same as other Americans — we care most about the economy and jobs. Not convinced Latinos’ main focus is the economy rather than immigration? Take a look at past presidential contenders’ share of the Latino vote. In 2000, George W. Bush won 35 percent of the Latino vote and, in 2004, he reached 40 percent. Why? He didn’t push through immigration reform. Unemployment, however, remained below 6 percent during most of his tenure. Compare that with George H.W. Bush during the 1988 election, winning a solid, but hardly earth-shattering 30 percent of Latino votes despite serving as vice president when President Ronald Reagan pushed through amnesty two years earlier. Bush 41 also protected millions more undocumented immigrants in 1990 via executive order. His reward in 1992? Latino support decreased to 25 percent. What about amnesty-supporting Sen. John McCain? If immigration, and not the economy, were the key to Latinos’ vote, then he should have earned more than the 31 percent of Latino votes he won in 2008. The same goes for Mitt Romney, who, aside from his “self-deportation” comment, had an immigration-friendly record for most of his career. If Latino votes hinged primarily on the immigration debate, he should’ve garnered more than his 27 percent share.

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  • published this page in Ideas 2016-09-04 21:43:15 -0400