June 8th, 2010
04:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Arizona Democrats say immigration law energizes Latinos

Los Angeles (CNN) - The executive director of Arizona's Democratic Party says passage of the state's immigration law is energizing Latinos to become politically active and register to vote with his party.

"We are seeing voter registration increase with higher numbers and swinging our way," said Louis Heredia, executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party. "The sense is that (Latinos) are now focused on the need to participate."

Heredia says the number of registered Democratic voters has jumped from about 100 a week to 500 a week during May, as party officials actively pursued residents at events protesting the immigration legislation that was signed into law by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in April.

"I am not terribly concerned about a backlash," said state Republican Party Communications Director Matthew Roberts. "A lot of Hispanic and Latino groups are contacting our office telling us that they are hearing from people satisfied with the immigration reform."

Updated registration tallies will be released by Arizona's Secretary of State next month, however, registration forms do not ask for an individual's race or ethnicity.


Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Immigration • Jan Brewer
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "If you want to reduce the supply of anything you need to reduce the demand. They wouldn't be coming here in the first place if they weren't being hired."

    Funny enough...seeing as how the problem is in a large part linked to illegal immigration, the border and Mexico...the exact same principle holds true for the "war on drugs." However, that being said, the trick is to realize 2 things:
    1. Decades of trying to reduce the American appetite for a periodically chemically altered consciousness have FAILED miserable, despite our best efforts and all we've tried to do and therfore
    2. We need to be more focused in how we define demand and recognize that the way to solve the problem is to remove the demand. Demand for what? For ILLEGALLY SMUGGLED drugs. Make some of them legally available with strict regulations and high taxes, just like we do with alcohol, tobacco and pharmies, the lobbies for which are fighting hard every day to prevent us from having responsible drug policies to prevent themselves from suffering competition.

    June 8, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Larry

    I hope the latinos get out to vote.

    June 8, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. liberalTex

    First of all, if you don't reside in a border state you shouldn't express an opinion because you are not being affected by illegal immigration in the same horrible way as those that live in one. Secondly, all you idiots that assume all liberals support illegal immigration ought to do some research. A large number of us deplore illegal immigration. Here is my question for all of you that believe illegal immigration is fine. How is the world do you think America can provide jobs for all of these illegals which number in the millions in Texas by the way, without dispacing our own citizens? Do you really believe it is just a coincedence that the unemployment rate and the number of illegals in this country are almost exactly the same number?

    June 8, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Arizona "misguided" people into believing these people are all illegals, not true. These voters are as legal as the rest of Americans and their votes will prove it. Furthermore, the population of illegal immigrants aren't all in Arizona but they do have a large population of legal citizens of all ethnic groups.

    June 8, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. ib

    Let me clear up my statement; the democrats and some republicans are only thinking of easy ways to make illegals legal enough to vote for them. We don't need an easy way for illegals to become legals. Vote the ones out that are trying to make it easy for these people. If they were interested in doing the right thing they would not be illegals in the first place.

    June 8, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. JES

    Are legal to vote I say no but the DEM's will get hem to vote anyway.

    This is part of the problem they don't want the law enforced they want to keep it the way it because the federal government will not enforce the same law.

    If you want to get into the US come in the front door like you should and stop crying about how unfair the law is.

    Go home or play by the rules and that includes all the jerks who are trying to get them legal status.

    June 8, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Pat

    This country has not only been ruined by Katrina and the catastrophic oil spill, it's been bankrupted by the huge tidal wave of Mexicans seeking refuge or drug channels in the US. This wave leaves behind it devastating effects!

    The illegals and every commercial entity hiring them must be punished according to our laws. AZ shouldn't have to make their own because our government has been lax in keeping the borders secure and keeping the tunnels open. Flood them! Birthright laws need to be changed too. No baby hatched by illegals should automatically be draining our system of its resources. Every state needs to adopt the AZ laws. Then you will see a return to normalcy here. I'd say to boomerang the vote-seeking wimpy politicians who are in favor of keeping things status quo right across the Rio Grande also.

    One other thing: tell your Congresscreep to quit funding LaRaza to the tune of $4M/year!

    June 8, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. matt22

    what this has done is energize CITIZENS around the country...75% of us believe in enforcing the law. there are a lot of states ready to jump in with Arizona...many of the candidates running for Governor this November are going to promise the CITIZENS of those states that they will also uphold the laws of the land. you people who support the law breaking illegals are wrong AND outnumbered. God Bless America!!

    June 8, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Dean

    Lets energize them to round up the illegals and send them home. Time for average Americans to wake up and vote these pro-illegals out of office before you lose your vote forever to these hoards. Start by throwing Harry Reid out and keep voting in anyone with a (R).

    June 8, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. dj

    I just hope AZ will be checking the legal status of all these mexicans that are registering to vote. Set up illegal check points just like sobriety check points. Check EVERYONE, make it fair, deport all who are illegal, immediatly. It is not racial profiling it is upholding the law.

    June 8, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Rick

    I'm still trying to figure out how SB 1070 will lead to racial profiling anymore than the current federal immigration laws?
    The truth is, it won't.

    All the liberal lefties want to do is scare people into believing it will and get them to vote democrat.

    The fact is the law strictly prohibits it and gives legal recourse for any person who believes they were racially profiled.

    No cop in his right mind would dare make the mistake of using race as a determining factor in the SECONDARY questioning.
    Remember folks... a crime had to have already been committed BEFORE the cop can ask about legal status.

    June 8, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Brenda

    Let me help to put this into perspective...........

    Based on the demographics of Arizona...........If 70% of Arizona citizens support Arizona's laws, this includes Hispanics.

    After all, Hispanic citizens are the number one victims/targets of illegals for identity and social security theft/fraud. Hispanic citizens are also victims of auto thefts, armed home invasions, robberies, etc.--just like every other Arizona citizen.

    Also, keep in mind..........Unlike California--Arizona learned a long time ago to take steps to make sure that illegals are not voting in their elections.........

    Therefore, good luck finding enough people to vote against Arizona's leaders/laws--when they are both supported by the majority in the state.

    June 8, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. John

    I'am a white person but if I'am a latino living in Arizona I'd be very disappointed with this law ,I urge all the people of Arizona of different colors to vote for Democrats.Republican wants Dictatorship to rule Arizona.

    June 8, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. Mike

    This law is far from unconstitutional. It has clauses that specifically outlaw profiling as the police can only talk to those people who they had a legal reason to approach other than their skin color. Get over yourselves. 70% of people in arizona are in favor of this law. this story is nothing but liberal biased rhetoric hoping to stir up poilitical activity. This news organization is a joke.

    June 8, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. Mike

    I have another question for all you who are against this law. If I brought 100's of my friends over to your neighborhood, left our trash on your yard as we passed through, and decided to camp out on your property. You'd be ok with that? What If i then told you that the way you run your house was incorrect and that you needed to build us a shelter in your yard so we'd have some shade. You'd be ok with that? What if I then killed your dog, raped your wife, and then cut her heart out. You'd be ok with that? If I then sold drugs to your children, you'd be ok with that? seriously, what is wrong with you people. All of you complaining about the law that don't live in Arizona have NO IDEA what it's like living there watching the influx of these illegals by your property on a regular basis. GO ARIZONA for enforcing the laws that our federal government has absolutely no interest in doing.

    June 8, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Krissy

    If the Governor of Arizona were serious about curbing illegal immigration she would encourage her cronies in the state legislature to pass a state law ... which would be within their sphere of influence [unlike the current 1070 bill ... which would incarcerate business owners, executives and managers for hiring Mexican aliens.

    If the onus of proving they have hired legal personnel was on these enablers, the DEMAND for the illegals would cease,

    June 8, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. raingirl2

    how will you be sure that these 500 Hispanics are not illegal aliens? the hungry corrupt greedy Dem's will sign up the devil if it means more votes for the democratic party. guess what that won't matter there are not 300 million that are interested in becoming Dem's. I have been a Dem all of my life more than 60 years but I won't vote for them again . they have proven who they want to take over this country and it sure is not American citizen taxpayers

    June 8, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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