LatinaLista– There have been many columns, headlines and comments made regarding how the GOP treats Latinos. While Sen. Reid’s observations last week on how any Hispanic could be a Republican insulted many in the Latino community, the Sen. wasn’t entirely off-base.
After all, just how do Latinos who really believe and advocate the ideals of the Republican Party reconcile with the fact that their own party is instigating actions that adversely impact portions of the Latino community?
From talking about ending birthright citizenship, to advocating the creation of more state legislation that specifically targets Latinos — detain first, determine citizenship status later, deny rights — and refusing to work on immigration reform to start healing the division in this country, the GOP is not doing any favors for Latinos, let alone their own Latino members.
So, Sen. Reid’s question is a fair one to ask especially since many conservative Latinos now find themselves stuck in an uneasy middle between their own basic values and party loyalty.
Unfortunately, the same question bears repeating with a twist:
How do Latinos, who really believe and advocate the ideals of the Democratic Party, reconcile with the fact that their own party is instigating actions that adversely impact portions of the Latino community?
In what seems to be an effort to appease conservative critics, the Obama Administration is doing more to deport undocumented immigrants than any of his predecessors.
In a leaked memo published in the Washington Post, James M. Chaparro, head of ICE detention and removal operations, wrote that the goal for deportations for 2010 was 400,000.
On top of that, no longer would the Agency focus only on criminal immigrants but also “immigrants whose only violation was lying on immigration or visa applications or reentering the United States after being deported.”
It’s a direct contrast to what Obama promised the Latino community would happen.
Also, with the signing of the $600 million border security bill, Obama’s administration is focusing on an enforcement-only approach rather than a policy route — another promise made in the throes of a heated campaign for Latino votes.
It would seem that both parties are telling their Latino membership one thing and doing another.
It’s time for the hibernating giant to wake up and see what is happening and make some hard decisions as to who really deserves Latino votes.