LatinaLista — It used to be that when talk turned to political elections, the strength of the Latino vote always came into question.
A viable threat or wishful thinking?
Well, if the number of new citizenship applications is any indication, it may be the political dawn of the Latino voting bloc.
In a Los Angeles' Times editorial yesterday, it was reported that citizenship applications have risen 61% nationwide from January through April â€” 103% in the Los Angeles region alone.
Couple that increase with the US-born children of these new citizens-to-be who are turning 18 and have every intention of voting against those politicians/party they feel targeted their padres, abuelos, tios, vecinos, amigos, etc. unfairly.
And it is not just Latinos poised as the swing vote â€” it's also those who are sympathetic to the undocumented.
From employers, friends and activists to the classmates of undocumented students who see that their friends are denied the chance to either go to college or get a job after graduating, their votes added to the Latino voting bloc could mean real trouble to those politicians who still think the Latino threat is a figment of the imagination.
Well, to put things in perspective: the United States is home to the third largest group of Latinos/Hispanics after Mexico and Colombia, according to the US Census.
That's a fact not to be discounted â€” any longer.