Do Latinos Have Reasons to Distrust Democrats?



Syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette is about as liberal on immigration policy as any garden-variety Democrat. So it’s newsworthy when he says Democrats are taking Latino support for granted.

A self-proclaimed “Never Trumper,” Navarrette wrote last week that he now understands where “Latinos for Trump” are coming from.

“They have a front-row seat not just to the pain of deportations, but also to how many immigrants commit crimes, or abuse social services,” Navarratte stated.

The columnist says too many Democratic candidates have an outreach strategy that can be summed up in six words: “Vote for us. We’re not Republicans.”

Whether he’s onto something in these midterm elections, or just whistling Dixie, Navarrette raises a legitimate point about Hispanic voters that most mainstream media outlets refuse to acknowledge.

How else to explain that in a state like Texas, where 40 percent of the population is Hispanic, Democrats haven’t won a statewide election since 1994?

The Party of Jefferson and Jackson may rationalize that voter turnout among Latinos has been anemic. Yet that’s merely a symptom of a party failing to motivate a growing segment of the electorate that it historically claims as its base.

Things could go the Democrats’ way today, though Navarrette is far from sanguine about the prospects from a Latino perspective.

“In reality, Democrats have never been there for Latinos. And now they’re surprised this group may not be there for them in the midterm elections?” he muses.

Navarrette is a decent guy who generally doesn’t demonize those whose opinions differ from his. Democrats – and Republicans — would do well to heed his counsel here.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

5 Comments

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    As an American citizen who came here legally, I don’t care about excuses for coming here illegally and abusing our system. And do what that 40% of Texans are Hispanics? Many are ******** who can’t vote.

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    Stephen Russell on

    Democrats got them into this Fix BY NOT fixing system, Want Illegals for voters & GOP for Labor.
    Many jobs in Construction are done by Hispanics in CA ( Home building) dont know about High Rise.
    Finally someone is waking up

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    Legal immigrants, Hispanic and other, who played by the rules, are outraged that illegal aliens, aided and abetted by the Democrat party establishment — and some cheap-labor baron Republicans — can cut in line ahead of those waiting their turn. They don’t want border-crashers, like those in the migrant caravans, any more than the rest of us do.

    From what I’ve read, most Hispanic-Americans also favor employer sanctions and a secure work-authorization system. This shouldn’t surprise us. They don’t want illegals taking jobs that should go to American citizens and lawful resident aliens. No wonder the Democrat party establishment, with its open-borders policies, continues to lose ground and finds itself increasingly discredited.

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