February 23rd, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Latino voters fear exclusion

CNN

Watch why many immigrants fear they will be unable to vote.

(CNN) - Over a half million legal immigrants who applied for citizenship may not be able to vote due to overwhelming demand, CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports.


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  1. KAS

    I am no fan of Fidel Castro, but McCain's comments are an insight into what type of president he would be if he won. The last thing we need is another 8 years of Bush's foreign policy. This is scary!!!

    February 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Mike

    It is wrong for people who are here illegally to work to vote, receive government benefits when they cant pay taxes. Even non-British people that work in England have to give half their wages to taxes for the first 10 years.

    That being said illegals that are here should be given an easy path to citizenship so they can be part of the tax base. Then they should get a vote and every other right a US citizen enjoys. This country is nothing but a country of immigrants and should still welcome the tired and poor....

    February 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Indie in Iowa

    If Jesus has been in the United States ILLEGALLY since he was 10, why has he not applied before now? Seems like he is the one who was waiting and now we have to feel sorry for him. Not buying it. My grandfather came here legally and he is turning over in his grave over all these criminals coming up from Mexico crying that they can't get their way after breaking American laws. Forgive me if I don't cry.

    February 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. ric

    Of course they won't be able to vote ... they would vote Democrat so their application will be delayed till after the election.

    February 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Anonymous

    i have never seen such a unfair media coverage on the political issues

    February 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Eric Jolly

    Why should they be able to vote? They aren't citizens. Even if I were a legal immigrant in Canada, I wouldn't expect to go there and be able to try to vote.

    February 23, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. TheLeftNut

    Let's see...

    Republicans want immagrants out, so...

    This must be the Republicans fault.

    Perhaps, latinos should vote Democratic...Yeah, that's a good idea.

    February 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Grif

    Fixed Politics again?

    February 23, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. JB

    Look, I have friends over the years that have tried to register at the last minute, and were unable to vote. These friends were white, black and hispanic.

    If you tried to register to late, you may not be able to vote. It is that simple. Next time!

    February 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. California Independent

    This is kind of sad. Some of this was expected as some immigrants never bothered to apply over the years, but waited until the cost was going to go up. It's not just that immigration services are understaffed, some never cared about citizenship until money was an issue.

    February 23, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. remy white

    i would say regarding the situation regarding the imigrant voting issue??this is the main reasons latino americans should really think hard about which democratic candidate they will vote for.in my opinion the only choice is hillary clinton.senator clintons proven record of her efforts on behalf of latin americans speaks for itself,as she spoke on debate thurs night,ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THEN WORDS,incidently that debate will be on again,sat and sun night 8pm CNN. the question here is which of the two,sen clinton or senator obama will make a difference FOR ALL THE PEOPLE.not just one group,senator clinton for 30 years in her all her efforts,has clearly demonstrated she is a proven agent of solutions,not just a bunch of fluff and empty promises,clinton 08.

    February 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. RJB2

    Cnn...why are you deleting my post
    I posted a comment and hit submit and it did not get posted
    When I tried it again it said no duplicate post

    WELL MY ORIGINAL ONE IS NOT THERE
    AND I CAN NOT DO IT OVER

    IT IS FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
    AND YOU GUYS AT CNN ARE SUPPRESSING THEM

    I AM UNDERSTANDING HOW YOU GUYS WORK
    AND IT IS WRONG

    February 23, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. jp/michigan

    That's democracy for you. It take forever to get what you need from the government. But when they want something, all of a sudden things happen quickly. Don"t feel bad @ 67 yrs. of age a democrat for 47 yrs. because I live in Michigan the Democratic Party decided my vote no longer counts.

    February 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. michael

    hillary 'll need all mexico votes to be the winner in texas not just 500.00 legal( ??) immigrants

    February 23, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Dana Broxton

    i understand why they are concerned however, there is a process to becoming legal and if that means that they cant vote, they just cant vote. I am not by any means against illegal aliens but i do think that they are becoming a little arrogant with their demands. I would just be greatful to be in america and to have the opportunity to be here.

    February 23, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. carole in CT

    I am completely disgusted with the outrageous media bias which has been unrelentingly pro Obama and anti Hillary. Moreover, it is more outrageous because there is no reality based basis for the prejudice. Clinton is so overwhelmingly more qualified for the JOB (not beauty contest or high school homecoming contest) of being US PRESIDENT. Once again, it appears as if (with the enormous persuasive biased coverage of the media) the American electorate is choosing rhetoric over substance. As others have said, if Obama becomes the candidate, I will be not voting in a presidential election for the first time in my (61 yr old) life. How depressing and demoralizing.

    February 23, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Mike in Cleveland

    I think the law is pretty simple in this case; if you aren't a citizen, you should not be allowed to vote.

    February 23, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Clare

    To be counted you have to ask those that can vote to do it for Hillary or McCain.

    don't let obama and his shameful xeroxing of the slogan "si se puede" kid you. Cesar Chavez 's descendants and Huertas, the author of the slogan, have endorse Hillary NOT obama.

    HILLARY OR MCCAIN or even perhaps HILLARY/MCCAIN 08 & 12

    February 23, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. SMART1

    Not a legal citizen, well you can't vote! There are many laws which excludes Americans from voting, such as a felony, non payment of child support ( in some states) for example. As U.S. citizens we must abide by the policies of the voting system. IT'S THE LAW.

    February 23, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. susan leff

    When Hillary was ahead 100 pledged delegates, there was no media frenzy about "momentum", no positive press at all! Now Obama is ahead by 100 delegates, and the media is so biased in their reporting, that I believe you will all go down in history as the group who drove the election for the first black president. I guess that will make a better headline than the first female president, in your opinion. Well, Hillary still has the experience, if not the political pundits' press-appointed halo. Why don't you all create a buzz about counting Florida's delegates? Are you all so chauvinistic that you so fear a strong, capable female leader? Go to the polls, ladies, go to the polls, and show them what "CHANGE" really means!!! If you don't, the Rezko slum lord types will be running the country next, and haven't we had enough corrupt government in the last 8 years???

    February 23, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Desmond

    After listening to Obama speech, promise of change...not sure how can he change the followings...

    1) Housing prices continue to decline
    2) End trade deficit
    3) Present US projected sluggish economy
    4) High inflation
    5) Job loss

    These are important issues, and his speeches not convincing enough to fix the problem.

    I don't think Hillary Clinton will be able to fix that overnight as well, but I do think that she has the vision and act progressively to fix the problem. Her speech is more convincing than Obama.

    I really think US is on the wrong side of selecting the sutiable candidates for President nomination. How could a Super Power country and it's people gonna make such a mistake.

    Wish you good luck.

    February 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. LISSA

    I don’t understand how people can be so mesmerize by Obama when Clinton clearly should be our next president. Obama may have magnetism but that will not make him a good president. As a person from other country I cannot believe what is happening with the American people. I understand that the country is in a bad situation but this is the time when we should make rational decisions and not be mesmerize but someone that he may be a good speaker in a convention of course, taking the words from someone other person because he clearly was not good in a debate. Countries have made mistakes when the countries where in bad economic situations and had mesmerize by in eloquent speaker take for instance Castro or Hitler. I’m sorry for my English

    February 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. tracker

    DOES THE WORDS ONLY APPLIED MEAN ANYTHING????WHY SHOULD THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE???WHY IS IT WE WILL NOT MAKE SPANISH OUR NATIONAL LANUAGE????HELLO YOU ARE IN AMERICA NOW WE ARE NOT CROSSING YOUR BORDERS YOU ARE CROSSING OURS..WHY DO WE NOT HAVE" IN GOD WE TRUST" OR SAYING" MERRY CHRISTMAS",OUR PRAYERS IN OUR SCHOOLS ANYMORE???THIS IS OUR COUNTRY ENGLISH IS OUR NATIVE LANUAGE .YOU INVADE OUR COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AND WANT ALL OUR RIGHTS TAKEN AWAY, IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK SPANISH STAY IN YOUR COUNTRY...I AM SICK OF THE THINGS GOING ON IN OUR COUNTRY FROM PEOPLE THAT WANT TO LIVE LIKE AN AMERICAN BUT DON'T RESPECT OUR CUSTOMS.WE HAVE CHRISTMAS HERE WE SAY THE PLEDGE,WE BELIEVE IN GOD IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE THAT GO HOME...

    February 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. sylvia

    Shut up already!

    February 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. joanna

    I would be more concerned whatever they know all of the issues facing this country other than illegal immigration. I seriously doubt that the majority of them are familiar with Hillary Clinton and Obama's different approaches to solving some of the most important issues confronting us.
    Of course they probably will be told for whom to vote for by some of the most aggressive Latino activists, who are looking on this election as an occasion to entrench themselves as "leaders" of the disenchanchized.

    February 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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