Florida’s primary was the first nominating contest which put the Latino vote in focus. While not a huge portion of the Sunshine state’s Republican primary base, make no mistake:
Hispanic voters are here to stay.
Duh, Sherlock, of course in South Florida where the powerful Cuban-American community bolsters business, politics, and the arts.
But let me act like Mami when, as kids, Big Bro, Lil’ Sis, and I all got equal chanclazos when we did something, like really bad:
Mitteo: your illegal immigration hardline should have you shaking in your Hunter boots ‘cuz the fastest growing population and voting bloc are young, U.S. born Hispanics–not self-deporting any time soon.
Prez: Tu también. We giveth and taketh away, especially when promesas are broken, deportations skyrocket, and now in full campaign season, we finally have your atención.
A little ¡psssttt!:
This voting bloc is becoming even more importante as we push ahead toward the summer’s conventions and the Presidential election in November with the GOP primaries in between, especially the battleground states of Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, as well as the giants–California and Texas. All these states are muy Latino.
Click below to hear more and my first (¡!) chat with CBS LA KNX 1070 anchor Dick Helton (who I hear has a lovely boricua wife) about what the emerging, and diverse Latino community wants.
At least politically.
Click here to read other posts in the original TWLC series “Anatomy of an Immigration Debate” which analyze the charged political and social context of the immigration debate and the extraordinary demographic changes confirmed by the 2010 U.S. Census that are re-defining and challenging our notion of the body politic as articulated in the motto imprinted on American currency “E pluribus unum”–”Out of Many, One.”You’ve heard me say Latino voters will determine who stays/moves into the White House. But do you think they’ll vote?