In a press release issued last Wednesday, the National Council of La Raza (La Raza), the nation’s most powerful Latino special interest group, tooted its own horn by announcing that a recent poll found that the issue of immigration (read amnesty) overwhelmingly trumped the economy, education and healthcare as the most important issue for Latinos. Who was part of this grand poll you might ask? Not 1,500 individuals picked at random, but the 547 supporters and attendees at the 2011 “La Raza” Annual Conference.

It seems rather absurd and self-important to issue a press release nationally to tout results of a completely unscientific poll of a self-selected group of like-minded people. But hey, when you are having a hard time getting your message across you will try just about anything, right? Talk about undermining your credibility.

On a more serious note, La Raza showed an enormous amount of arrogance in its press release by claiming that immigration is the most important issue without feeling it necessary to poll anyone outside of its circle of activists, especially considering our current economic situation.

On a side note, the final results of the poll showed that the issue of immigration couldn’t even muster 50 percent of the votes. It’s no wonder that even President Obama has avoided anything other than lip services when it comes to “comprehensive immigration reform.” NCLR [La Raza] has a hard time even selling it to their own members.