Latino Voters: The (In)Visible Political Giants?
About one year ago, I was advocating for more mainstream news coverage of the Latino vote. Unless you turned on Univision or Telemundo, you would have no clue how my community's extraordinary demographic growth is changing the face of our communities, schools, and electorate or that our one trillion dollar buying power is transforming business.
One Washington, DC political correspondent, who is a household name, said the Latino vote will not be covered because no candidate will touch immigration with a ten-foot pool.
Fast forward and events within a short period in June changed the game: first, President Obama announced that the deportation of DREAMers would be put on hold. Second, both the President and likely challenger Mitt Romney spoke at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) annual convention. Finally, the Supreme Court struck down two parts of Arizona’s tough anti-illegal immigration law but kept in place the so-called “show me your papers” controversial provision.
Everywhere you turned, Latinos were in the house.
Unfortunately, we are still largely being talked about.
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Founder/Blogger-in-Chief, The Wise Latina Club