Keeping Latinos Away From The Polls
The GOP seems unable to grasp that Republican efforts to 1) demonize Latino immigrants, and 2) challenge Latino citizens' right to vote, are offensive to the fastest-growing segment of U.S. society. Will Latinos be willing to vote for those using them as convenient scapegoats? Not too bright a long-range plan. Keeping Latinos Away From the Polls One of the most reprehensible developments in the presidential campaign is the Republican effort to make it difficult for Latinos to vote by challenging their citizenship in states where such tactics could give Mitt Romney victory in the November election.
This tactic comes on top of long-standing Republican efforts to eliminate the votes of African-Americans who, like Latinos, overwhelmingly support President Barack Obama. What makes the campaign against Latinos different is that it questions the citizenship of this growing group of Americans, disparaging their right to live in this country legally and be part of its political process.
It's just as bad as an Arizona cop stopping Latinos and demanding proof of citizenship. The message is clear: If you are Latino and want to drive or vote, you'd better have your papers in your purse or pocket.
The stakes are high. There could be more than 25 million Latinos eligible to vote this year...