Wednesday, August 24

Not all Latinos are soft on illegal immigration

A million thanks to Ruben Navarrette Jr. of the San Diego Union-Tribune for pointing out the truth about what Latino's believe about illegal immigration. To many politicians are afraid of speaking out on this issue out of fear of the Latino voters, but the facts don't ad up to this. While politicians like Tancredo are doing a great job of bringing the subject to national attention, they don't always get it either. A million thank you's to Navarrette for being a voice on this issue. Let's hope others are listening.
According to every study or poll taking the pulse of Latinos in the last decade, this is a population that takes seriously the issue of illegal immigration. That includes Mexican Americans, the one subgroup that you might think -- because of their ancestors' experience -- would be most sympathetic to immigrants, even those who come illegally.

One of the latest polls appeared in last week's issue of Time magazine, in which 61 percent of Latinos rated illegal immigration a "serious problem."

Then there was the recent survey put out by the Pew Hispanic Center, which measured the views of both native-born Latinos and immigrants. It found that a majority of U.S.-born Latinos (60 percent) support laws that deny driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

It also found substantial support for the view that the number of legal immigrants admitted to the United States should stay the same (44 percent) or be reduced (16 percent); only 28 percent said the number should be increased. Most native-born Latinos also said that illegal immigrants help the economy by providing cheap labor (55 percent), but the percentage of those who felt illegal immigrants hurt the economy (34 percent) was not far behind. In every respect, the study says, "native-born Latinos are less enthusiastic about immigration than the foreign born."
I agree with Navarrette in that the left leaning Latino Advocacy groups, "the ones that are so cozy with the Democratic Party," are the ones to blame. The fact of the matter is that these left-leaning Latino groups do not speak for me, my family, or any of my friends. They are more concerned about advancing their political agendas, than truly speaking for the Latino community. They are just noise, causing confusion and distraction from the real concerns and goals of Latino immigrants that come here legally, and want a better life as Americans. Worst of all, they ad fuel to the fires of prejudice that confuse the issues and get people hurt.