Tag: Hispanics


As the nation’s largest minority, Hispanics have been a point of focus in recent elections, especially given the rising importance of immigration as a policy issue. The majority of immigrants to the United States are Hispanic, so it has long been assumed that Hispanics will be most loyal to candidates that make immigration to the U.S. easier.

On this week’s episode of Parsing Immigration Policy, Jim Robb of NumbersUSA joins host and executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Mark Krikorian, to discuss voting and public opinion trends among Hispanics, particularly regarding immigration, and to debunk the longstanding myth that Hispanics want open borders.

Tale of Two Tacos … err, Hispanic Congresswomen


First Lady Dr. Jill Biden (I’m required to include both titles, apparently) was insensitive but not entirely wrong about the diversity of the Hispanic community in her recent sophomoric speech in San Antonio.

And apparently, San Antonio is known for its breakfast tacos. That was news to me. My Hispanic wife’s family has deep roots in San Antonio, but we’re more about pilgrimages to the San Fernando Cathedral, where her parents were married and the ashes of the heroes who died in Santa Anna’s 1836 attack at the Alamo are still interred (my wife’s ancestors fought on the winning side of that battle). And also – especially – the iconic Mi Tierra Cafe and Bakery, the best Mexican restaurant in town. It’s open 24 hours and almost always crowded. I miss the long-gone economy boot store.

Trump In It to Win It


Ballot boxPresident Trump has never accepted losing in his lifetime. Oh, he has certainly gone through severe reversals in the very cyclical real estate business. However, Donald J. Trump has always had an eye on the next win, the next big success. 2020 is not a carbon copy of 2016, but it most certainly is another instance of Trump Speed competition, in this case competition for at least 270 electoral college votes. To achieve that goal, President Trump spent the past three and a half years working to broaden his pool of voters, especially among racial minorities long ignored by the Republican Party.

Hispanic/Latino voters:

In a recent Florida MAGA rally, President Trump specifically called on Puerto Ricans to get out and vote. Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, with the same right to travel within the boundaries of the United States as other citizens. Following the natural disaster of Hurricane Maria, the man-made disaster of chronic and endemic political corruption made recovery across Puerto Rico very slow. This was due to both poor infrastructure construction before the storm and rank local corruption trying to extract benefits from the massive federal aid. Some number of Puerto Ricans voted with their feet, moving to places like Florida, where a Republican governor welcomed them. The great fear is that these citizens will vote Democrat in Florida, bringing the political plague with them.

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Federal law creates a mass of minor observances, honoring this group and that cause, all through the year. Current events and religions create additional overlays of important dates, noted by the president of the United States in his official capacity. There is an element of boilerplate, of consistent wording framing annual observances across administrations. Look […]

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Trump Speed


President Trump and his administration are running at “Trump speed.” This Friday, as the Supremes ending their annual tour, with a finale on tax records that is no Beatles hit, the White House thanked the court in passing. The administration also found time to court Hispanic American voters, all families with school-age children, veterans, and women in need, while backing the blue.

Statement from the Press Secretary
LAW & JUSTICE  Issued on: July 9, 2020

President Trump is gratified by today’s decision by the Supreme Court in Trump v. Mazars.  As the Court made clear, the limited authority of Congress to conduct fact-finding through subpoenas must be used in aid of Congress’ authority to legislate and must be tied to a valid legislative purpose.  Congress may not act as a roving investigative body, especially against a co-equal branch of government.

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Bob Unanue, the CEO of Goya Foods, had some positive things to say about President Trump…who he called a ‘builder’, and compared with his grandfather, the founder of the company. The usual suspects reacted predictably, not critiquing his comments but rather calling for a boycott of Goya Foods. This would be a good time to […]

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Identity Politics Is Here to Stay


One of my reactions to the events in Charlottesville was to chide my liberal friends: See, this is what you get when you embrace identity politics. Do you really want to double down on that? At that moment nothing seemed more obvious than the fact that, when you mainstream ethnic identity politics and insist on politicizing “Whiteness”, as the Left has been doing for more than a generation, both reasonable and unreasonable people will choose to organize politically around white identity. Even some Liberals are coming around to the realization that identity politics is no way to run a railroad.

But two minutes of calm reflection were enough to see that I was being a little unfair. Identity politics is not really the problem. Rather, identity politics is the normal mode of political organization in a multi-ethnic democracy that worships the twin gods, “Diversity” and “Multiculturalism”. Identity politics is our politics, and it’s here to stay. Get used to it.

A Few Things to Chew On


First, if the exit polls can be trust, a majority of white women voted for . . . Donald Trump. Second, Trump got a larger slice of the Hispanic vote in 2016 than Mitt Romney did in 2012. Third, Hillary did not lose. Trump won. If you juxtapose the vote Trump received state-by-state in 2016 with the vote Barack Obama received state-by-state in 2012, as Tim Alberta did yesterday on National Review Online, Trump wins the electoral college. You should read the entire article. Trump in 2016 outpolled Obama in 2016 in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia, and Utah. He, in fact, did so in every state that Romney carried in 2012.

What we saw on Tuesday was not just the defeat of a truly terrible Democratic candidate. It was a referendum on the last eight years, and Trump — for all of his faults — was a better candidate than Mitt Romney, who is a better man. What Trump brought to the table was a capacity to connect with ordinary Americans. If he handles himself well — above all, if he and the Republicans deliberately develop ties with African-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Asian-Americans who are patriots — the base of support for the Republicans can be expanded.

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Two reminders based on demographics: First, the “Turn Texas Blue” movement is just a fundraising ploy, not a serious campaign. While state R’s might act stupidly enough to get punished at the polls, there’s no reason to suspect Texas will go blue in Presidential elections anytime soon. Dems tell their donors that the growing Hispanic […]

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I found a longer video, but the quality is lacking–the man doing the interview is neither able to ask the series of questions he has prepared nor to react to the answers he is getting. I find it remarkable that the man protests, repeatedly, he read her book, but he is asking her whether she […]

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What Mike Murphy Should Have Said


My reaction to Mike Murphy’s recent appearance on the Ricochet Podcast can be summarized with one word: frustration. I think it safe to say that my reaction is one shared by many – probably most – members. That said, the cause of my frustration puts me in a minority on Ricochet. Though I do not support comprehensive immigration reform at the present moment, I think it will be necessary at some point and I was deeply disappointed at how poor a case Murphy made for immigration reform as a political necessity. There are few things I find more frustrating than listening to an argument to which I am sympathetic put poorly. Now I don’t expect everyone to be persuaded by this, but here’s what I think Murphy should have said:*

First, we need to recognize that the GOP’s problem with the Hispanic vote is a serious one. Hispanics are the largest minority group in the United States and are the fastest-growing segment of the American population. There are currently around 25 million Hispanics eligible to vote in the United States, a number set to rise to 40 million by 2030. Even if Hispanic immigration (both legal and illegal) were stopped entirely today, if the Republican Party cannot get a significantly higher percent of the Hispanic vote than it has in recent elections it is headed for long-term minority party status. This is particularly true in the case of presidential politics. The GOP cannot achieve an Electoral College majority without Texas and Hispanics are on track to become the largest ethnic group in Texas in about a decade. A Republican Party that receives less than 30 percent of the Hispanic vote is in trouble. Since 1980 (the first election for which such data is available and reliable), no one has won a presidential election with less than 30% of the Hispanic vote. In 2012, Romney received only 27%.

Sorry, Officer, I Left the Visa in My Other Pants — Mark Krikorian


As I wrote over at The Corner, Rand Paul made a fool of himself earlier today in a speech on immigration by claiming that the 5 million or so illegal aliens who overstayed visas (as opposed to infiltrating across the border) “somehow lost their documentation.” (Yes, that’s what he really said, and it doesn’t appear to have been an April Fool’s joke.)

As hilarious (or dumbfounding) as that is, my question for Ricochet is about the overall topic of his speech: How the Republican Party and/or the conservative movement can reach out to American voters with roots in Latin America. For all his supposed iconoclasm, Paul’s approach seems to be the same as the rest of the GOP political/donor class: Amnesty, loose enforcement, and ever-higher levels of immigration.