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

Latino voters fear exclusion


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.

Filed under: Politics
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. david

    CNN shows Clinton's campaign but does not show how many people are there?

    February 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The government raised citizenship application fees from $400 to $600 and Latinos complained but did pay. These people work and pay taxes like other Americans and can't vote due the Government's failure. Latino Americans, keep fighting for your rights.

    February 23, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Victor Ramirez

    It's just another way of the Republican party, tring to insure Hilary Clinton does not make it to the White House. Latinos unite and vote Hilary Clinton so that our voice will be heard and our issues addressed.

    February 23, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Houston

    Legal immigrants who have the right to vote should always be granted the privledge to exercise that right just like any other American.

    The problem described here is that overwhelming demand is overwhelming. Sorry, but that's the way it is. Maybe they should have thought of that if they procrastinated applying.

    We should do our best to help these people, but beyond that there's nothing more we can OR should do. If there's corruption behind this it should be mopped up and the people behind it run out of town on a rail.

    A 17 year old can't complain that it's unfair he can't vote just because he turns 18 the year after the election. Sometimes things just don't go your way.

    February 23, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Anna, IL

    My family patiently waited in line and became naturalized citizens of US without any complaint. The process typically takes 1 to 2.5 years. This is nothing new. Ms. Gutierrez should have asked the man how long he has waited before he decided to apply for his citizenship. There are many legal immigrants (greencard holders) who don't even bother applying for citizenship because they don't want to abandon citizenship of the country of their origin. While I think people shouldn't be taxed without representation (i.e. legal immigrant residents), I don't see why the Department of Immigration should do things differently just because it's the election year.

    February 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. John - Spokane, WA

    Look, it takes time to become a full fledged legal citizen with Voting rights – Deal with it ! Its just Bull #@# that people show up in this Country within the last year and expect to have Carte Blanche ! YOULL GET YOUR CHANCE BUT YOU MUST EARN IT !!!

    February 23, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Byron in CA

    Just another example of how our system doesn't work for the people trying to get in this country legally. The system is geared more toward helping those that entered the country illegally than those trying to take the legal path toward US citizenship. But that really has been the problem for decades.

    February 23, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Ed K.

    Obama will be happy.

    February 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Alice

    Oh, let's just do the Oreo cookie dance

    Obama is so Black on the outside, and so White on the inside

    Poor thing can't even dance properly

    He "twisted and shouted" to country music

    Guess he hears the beat of a different drummer......!

    February 23, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. LXS

    Thats it!?! wheres the rest of your story........

    February 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Angela

    Viva Clinton Viva!!!! Viva Solutions Viva!!! Clinton is rich in experience and rich in years in her giving to others. This is one Latina woman who knows through personal experience that change for the sake of change is never a good thing. Clinton has solutions. Clinton's understanding of problems that we are faced with has the knowledge, experience and the insight to the path that will bring the Change that we Americans want!!!!!

    February 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Tony, CN

    Same old corruption just in a different form, get use to it Jose or go back home..

    February 23, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Thomas

    If you aren't a citizen of this country then you don't get to vote for who leads this country. If they've already gone through LEGAL AND PROPER channels for citizenship, but it just hasn't gone through yet... i'm sorry, try voting next time.

    Why not rush them through or let them vote anyway? Because of how many ILLEGAL immigrants there are who will try to vote. Latino radio shows have told them how to go about casting votes without being citizens, and la raza pushes it hard. It would be a lot faster and easier to get legal citizenship pushed through, if the epidemic of illegal immigration was thwarted.

    February 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. David Jones

    they need to stay in line and respect the process...if they can't vote now, they will have the opportunity to vote in the future!

    this is not about the election, so to try to insinuate such is below the belt journalism!

    February 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Latino for Hillary

    Latinos will not be forgotten by Hillary. But she needs our votes to happen.

    February 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. EB


    February 23, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. earl illingsworth

    Isn't that a crying shame ,amigo?

    February 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Obama 2016

    Go Obama 2016!

    February 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Edd

    I wish they can vote, the Latinos are greatful for all the good things Bill Clinton have done to them. If they can vote, they will definitely vote for HILLARY CLINTON, it showed in CA, AZ, NM & soon TX! HILLARY & BILL has a long relationship with the Latinos, nothing can sway that!

    I just find it fascinating that Obama is using Cesar Chavez name on his campaign just to woo Latinos, he never used his name before until now! So fake and self indulging! Hope the Latinos would see this!

    GO HILLARY in TX, OHIO, PA! RI & VT as well!

    February 23, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. LatinoNation

    This is The American way i suppose ! I see no one gives a crap if your not mexican or the country would be rasing hell so you either have to be black or white in order to have anything in this USA!!

    February 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. nick

    if they are not legal citizen they should not be able to vote.

    February 23, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. gengyue

    That's for sure. I am not able to vote this time. It is regretful.

    I applied citizenship two years ago. I was interviewed in two months after I sent application. I have been waiting for name check and still no news.

    February 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Elder

    It depends of when or what time they will take the citizenship test or apply for citizenship. I am latino, I became citizen last year.
    In this presidential election, I want to vote. Mr. Obama can you be more specific about change. What is exactly change? Mr. Obama.

    February 23, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. JOHN


    February 23, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Joey Garcia

    AP recent statement of Obama's unpatriotic stand in placing the American lapel on his coat, or putting his right hand over the chest during ceremonies in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, is a stand, as I believe, unpatriotic really.
    Whoever manages Obama's campaign strategy, as the world sees it and have termed as "plagiarism" goes on to the TV seconder ad of a drug company ORENCIA, that the byword of "Yes We Can" either have been a copy cat by the Obama's byword, or was the inception of this particular ad came before or after Obama shouted to his campaign motto?
    He might be a charismatic candidate, so is Hucabee and Romney. So, whats the difference why people continue to rally to the cause of an 8 termer Senator who thinks he can save America in a so called CHANGE when he has no projection what to do if ever he sits down as the President of this great country? Is he playing a sort of jigsaw puzzle, or "wish upon a star", or seek the notes of Nostradamus?
    Before the Nov elections, let us ponder and think a million times who among the Democrats can best serve America, something that has been there before and just correcting the wrong and pace to a new frontier.
    Obama's foreign expertise is limited to his boyhood days, something which he has to correct first rather than face the huge problems that Bush and company has left as a legacy for the next president????

    February 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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