President Obama says he wants ‘immigration reform done this year,’ but says he can’t stop deportations of non-criminal immigrants

February 4, 2014

ObamaNY Daily News, 2/2/14

“After almost two million deportations, President Obama’s enforcement machine has caused untold damage and suffering for families in New York and beyond,” Valdés added. “He signaled his willingness to advance an agenda with his executive powers, and we call on him to immediately suspend deportations and keep immigrant families together.” Yet although Obama in his speech asserted his willingness to use his executive powers on a number of issues, and even announced an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour during his address, halting the deportation of non-criminal immigrants was not one of them.

The President’s inaction — his callousness, some would say — on this painful issue has cost him dearly in terms of support from Latino voters, 71% of whom voted to re-elect him. According to a Gallup poll, Obama’s approval rating among Latinos is in free fall, plummeting 23 points, from 75% in December 2012 to 52% in November 2013. Such a drop in support is only natural and is bound to get worse as long as Obama keeps up his cruel policy of massive deportations.

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Lessons on Immigration in Two Governors’ Race

November 7, 2013

REPUBLICAN PARTY ELEPHANTThe New York Times, 11/06/2013

Republicans in Congress studying the results from the governors’ elections in New Jersey and Virginia on Tuesday see two starkly different test cases for how the party should move on immigration.
In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie was boosted to a blowout victory by more than 20 points in part because he won half of Latino voters, while his democratic rival, State Senator Barbara Buono, won 46% of those voters. According to exit polls, Mr. Christie improved his standing among Latinos by 18 percentage points over his first run for governor in 2009.
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Mexico Institute Event: The Decisive Vote? How Latinos voted and what it means for policy

November 9, 2012

Join the Mexico Institute for a discussion on the importance of the Latino vote and how it played out on the November 6 elections. Who voted, where and what difference did they make? What happened in a key battleground states? And what are the likely consequences for immigration reform and other policy issues?

Date: Dec. 10th // 9am to 11am // at the Woodrow Wilson Center

For more information and to RSVP visit the event page, The Decisive Vote?

Julian Castro: Latinos Could Give Dems Boost in Texas in Coming Years

November 9, 2012

National Journal, 11/08/2012

With the growing number of Latino voters, San Antonio Mayor and rising Democratic star Julian Castro said Texas will be competitive for Democrats in the next six to eight years.

Latinos have given Democrats a boost in several Western states in recent years, as President Obama secured victories in New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado in the 2008 and 2012 elections. With the Latino population growing in the Lone Star state, Democratic candidates could benefit in statewide elections, Castro said.

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Latino Voters in the 2012 Election

November 8, 2012

Pew Hispanic Center, 11/07/2012

Latinos voted for President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney by 71% to 27%, according to an analysis of exit polls by the Pew Hispanic Center, a Project of the Pew Research Center.

Obama’s national vote share among Hispanic voters is the highest seen by a Democratic candidate since 1996, when President Bill Clinton won 72% of the Hispanic vote.

The Center’s analysis finds that Latinos made up 10% of the electorate, as indicated by the national exit poll, up from 9% in 2008 and 8% in 2004.

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Full report here, 2012Latino Vote Exit Poll Analysis


Latin America looks for more action from Barack Obama

November 8, 2012

BBC News, 11/8/2012

No sooner had losing US candidate Mitt Romney uttered the words “I have just called President Obama” than Mexico’s president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto took to Twitter congratulate his soon-to-be counterpart.

He was looking forward to working together, he wrote, on common issues for their two nations.

But beyond the obvious diplomatic platitudes, some might question how much the continuation of an Obama administration will really benefit Mexico and the rest of Latin America.

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Poll watch: Latino vote remains high for Obama

November 6, 2012

Los Angeles Times, 11/5/2012

President Obama remains on track to receive more than 70% of Latino votes and perhaps win a record-high share, according to the final weekly tracking poll by the Latino Decisions polling firm.

The survey conducted for impreMedia, the publisher of La Opinion and other Spanish-language newspapers, shows Obama winning 72% of Latino voters compared with 23% for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Among the voters most likely to turn out, Obama had a 73% to 24% advantage.

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Obama: I’ll get immigration reform done next year

October 25, 2012

CBS News, 10/24/2012

President Obama says he is “confident” that, if reelected, he will oversee passage of immigration reform next year, in part because Republicans will have an interest in reaching out to a growing Latino voting bloc they have “alienated” in recent years.

Mr. Obama made the comment in an off-the-record phone conversation with the publisher and editor of the Des Moines Register days ahead of that newspaper’s scheduled announcement of an endorsement in the presidential race. After the Register’s editor publicly argued that the 30-minute conversation should be available to all voters, the Obama campaign released the transcript.

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In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Be Crucial To Winning The State

October 2, 2012

MPR News, 10/2/2012

Four years ago, more than two-thirds of Hispanic voters supported Barack Obama, and in North Carolina, it made a difference.

Latinos make up just about 3 percent of the electorate in the state. In 2008, Obama ended up winning North Carolina by just 14,000 votes. Since then, the number of Hispanics registered to vote has doubled in the state.

The Obama campaign is counting on them once again. It has worked for months to organize the Latino vote through phone banking, canvassing and registering new voters in Hispanic neighborhoods.

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New poll: After SB1070 decision Obama widens lead over Romney among Latinos

July 18, 2012

Latino Decisions, 7/18/12

Latino Decisions released new national poll of Latino registered voters showing Barack Obama winning 70% of the Latino vote compared to 22% for Mitt Romney.  The poll, commissioned by the Center for American Progress Action Fund and America’s Voice,  illustrates an increase in support for President Obama, and comes after a month of outreach to Latino voters, starting with the June 15 Dream announcement, appearances by the President and Vice President at NALEO and NCLR conferences, and comments opposing Arizona’s SB1070 immigration law.  This poll marks the first time Obama has received 70% of the vote in Latino Decisions polling on the presidential election over the past 20 months.

Obama maintains a substantial lead over Romney within nearly all segments of the Latino electorate.  Among foreign-born, naturalized citizens Obama leads 72% to 19% and among U.S.-born Latinos he leads 69% to 25%.  Similarly, Obama polls ahead of Romney by a large margin, 76% to 15% among Spanish dominant Latinos, and also has a healthy lead of 66% to 28% from English dominant.  Two concerns for Romney may that 13% of self-identified Latino Republicans say they will cross-over and vote for Obama and 60% of Independents plan to vote for Obama.  In contrast only 2% of Democrats say they plan to vote for Romney.

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