July 5th, 2010
11:58 AM ET
12 years ago

Latinos not flexing political muscle – yet

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/05/art.bilingual.election.gi.jpg caption="A sign in Arizona directing voters to the polls."](CNN) - Each election cycle is dubbed "the year" - a time when Latinos will show up at the polls in droves and transform the political landscape.

President Obama's renewed push last week for immigration reform has brought with it renewed expectations for the Latino vote.

The issue is considered one of symbolic and substantive importance for the community. Four out of five undocumented immigrants are from Mexico or another part of Latin America, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

While voter turnout among the Latino community has risen in recent years, the adage that there's "strength in numbers" has yet to manifest itself.

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  1. ramtruck2500

    So now they are going to show up in droves??? They don't need to be citizens now to even vote?? Gee just good ole Mexico currupt as crap and smells like it too. Imagine all the money we could save without them here imagine the jobs and liveable wage levels??? AHh one day and i hope it comes soon while there is still a country left.

    July 5, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Larrywp

    To hear the President of Mexico talk, these stooges already own the entire Southwestern United States anyway. SHUT DOWN THE BORDERS!! If these "people" think they are going to out vote us, wait until they see the lines filled with AMERICANS in November! WE ARE TAKING THIS COUNTRY BACK!

    July 5, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. vic

    I read a article today morning in local news paper how immigration debate get its cycle form 1820
    After reading article I wish we pass comprehensive immigration law this year with that we pass tough immigration law also to avoid same problems in future

    July 5, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. malabar

    As a latino living on the border my entire life, i can honestly tell u that the U.S. is being used and laughed at. there are some wondrful, hard workin, honest people coming in. there are also undesirable like in every group. all latinos do not thnk alike. our votes may not b split like racist white folks (regardless of party affiliation) but we also cant b counted on like african americans to b gud sheep the dems love to exploit.

    July 5, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. DENNA

    If the Latinos want to remain viable in America, they had better start flexing theirpolitical muscles. If Mexicans and other Latinos think President Obama isn't doing enough, just vote Republican. You'll love them. MOST OF THE PEOPLE SCREAMING FOR DEPORTATIONS ARE REPUBLICANS, CONSERVATIVES, TEA PARTY NUTS. If all minorities band together, they can outvote the conservatives in this country and get some sensible legislation on the books.

    July 5, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. worriedmom

    Could it possibly be because a majority of them are here "illegally" so they have no rights to vote. Or maybe they can see that Obama is playing games of promises.

    July 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Lenny

    I suggest all 11 million immigrants marry for papers and problem is solved. Right now this is the ONLY option for them. Many immigrants have done it , it works. If you don't lie, you cannot become a legal immigrant to US, period.

    July 5, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. ran

    Aqui should not be on that sign or any sign in America. You are not a citizen unless you can speak/ read ordinary English according to the constitution.

    People no matter your party affiliation get out and vote and demand from your elected officials to end this illegal problem now by enforcing all the laws on the books. The hell with the ACLU and other pro-illegal support groups. Go after the illegals were they live, work and were they come across our borders. Find them and deport them. Take the employers who hire any illegals and send them to jail and take their business and give it to someone who wont. Jail any person who rents to any illegal and take their property and give it to someone who wont.

    Enough is enough. We the people are the only ones now that can stop this assault onto our country. Illegals are worse then the oil spill and at least we all know that has to be stop before we can ever get to really cleaning up. So, why can't our elected official see we need to do the same with illegals stop them from coming ashore. Is anyone willing to give amnesty to the oil"tar balls" then why should we give it to illegal "tar balls".

    July 5, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. carlos

    Larrywp....which country is that??? south carolina?..texas???..alaska???......nincompoop

    ramtruck2500...go drive it off a cliff.....you seem to be an expert on smelly crap....hehehe..

    While voter turnout among the Latino community has risen in recent years, the adage that there's "strength in numbers" has yet to manifest itself.........wait and see, YOU WILL BE GREATLY SURPRISED......

    July 5, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. A HA

    Time for the american voters to show the so called power of the illigal mexican vote to get the hell out of our politics and worry about their own country and move back to do it.

    July 5, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Rick in OP

    The unwillingness of the Obama Administration to enforce border security leads me to believe that they view illegal immigration as a Democratic Party voter recruitment program.
    Thankfully, Gov. Brewer of Arizona is calling Obama out on this issue. I hope Arizona, along with other border states, will sue the federal government to make them enforce the existing laws relating border security and illegal immigration.
    Obamas' refusal to enforce the existing laws regarding border security/illegal immigration should be grounds for his impeachment.
    And how conveniently Obamas' supporters in the mainstream media under report or ignore the drug war going on in Mexico. Apparently, it does not fit into the medias' goal of advancing the Obama agenda.

    July 5, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Marcus

    Larrywp – 'If these "people" think they are going to out vote us, wait until they see the lines filled with AMERICANS in November!'...
    Could you please explain the 'people'?
    Or is it ask to much for a sorry excuse of a racist like you?

    July 5, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Marcus

    ramtruck2500 – Last time I checked you need to be a citizen to vote, among many other requirements, so your racist rant is, for starters, baseless and clueless.

    July 5, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Gymo

    Not true – Pete Wilson of California.
    Not True – Obama in Florida
    Not true – Obama in Colorado

    Why put out stories that can so easily be be disproved?

    July 5, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    Won't it be hard for Latinos, who are here illegally to "flex their muscle". They can't vote if they are not citizens.

    The liberals want to own this voting bloc anyway so they can do what they do to other "minority groups" keep them locked down and damn near in slavery anyway.

    Where I live the liberals use each race against the other.

    July 5, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. BILL, WI

    There are now about 10 states that are actively trying to get the "right to vote" applied to resident aliens. California, Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts to name a few. It is only a matter of time with states preempting US immigration law (sanctuary cities and some states), and states moving towards changing voting laws that voting will no longer be a right granted soley to US citizens.

    July 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Larry

    Wait till this year. The Latinos will be out in force.

    July 5, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. AndyPA

    Larrywp and ramtruck2500, do you even know what country you live in?? for your information, in order to vote you must be a citizen of the united states of america (aka USA). If you have not notice yet, here in the USA there are many citizens of hispanic background, and to clarify things a little for you guys, I believe that the article was refering to latino AMERICANS not citizen from latin or hispanic countries. Now re-read what you wrote, it makes you look really dumb!!!

    July 5, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. BeverlyNC

    Democrats are the Party of the People and care about ALL Americans. We are not elitist racists who exclude everyone not our lily white skin color and not wealthy.
    Democrats have worked for people-oriented legislation and programs to help working families all Congressional year. Even more would have passed if not for the nasty obstructionist Republicans who want America to fail.
    Republicans are the Corporation Party – seen in their oppostion to healthcare, to re-regulating the banks, and now opposing holding BP liable for their destruction of our Gulf. Republicans even apologized to BP and have done nothing to reach out to the People whose lives have been ruined by BP. All Repulicans want is more tax cuts for the rich and to let corporations run wild with no rules or oversight. We saw how well that worked out last time!
    It's time to put the People first and that's what the Democrats believe in. They will help Latinos, now the largest minority, to get better jobs, education, and provide a serious federal immigration reform law that will create a fair path to citizenship, fines and back taxes for those here illegally, and make employers pay them fairly and pay worker taxes on them. The new tax dollar influx would do wonders for our economy.
    Republicans don't want immigration reform because corporations would have to spend more money on more than slave wages, pay taxes they have illegally not paid, and be held accountable for illegal employees.
    Democrats care about ALL People. Republicans care about no one but themselves and their corporate country club buddies.

    July 5, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |