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Latino Leader: Why Do We Still Back Obama?

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 06:23 AM


Latino voters should consider sitting out closely fought senatorial and gubernatorial races in Colorado, Florida, Arkansas and North Carolina to penalize the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama over immigration reform, writes Carmen Velasquez in Politico.

Velasquez, who runs a network of medical clinics in Chicago serving mostly illegal immigrants, writes that Obama has serially broken his promises to give undocumented Latinos "a chance to get right with the law, legally."

The final straw for Velasquez was Obama's decision to delay executive action on immigration in order to protect vulnerable Democrats in their upcoming re-election bids. She characterizes this as his "fifth broken promise to Latinos."

As a senatorial candidate in 2004, Obama promised to back immigration reform. In 2006 he voted to build a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border. Velasquez writes that though she refused to shake Obama's hand in 2006 when he made the rounds in the Latino community, she nevertheless continued to vote for him.

She backed his first presidential race because he pledged to place immigration high on his agenda. Instead, he deported some 400,000 illegal immigrants in the first year of his administration.

In 2010, he continued to say "all of the right things, while doing the opposite of what he pledged," Velasquez writes. And still, in 2012, 71 percent of the Latino vote went for Obama over Mitt Romney.

There are 24 million eligible Latino voters – "the fastest-growing demographic in the country" – who have "been slapped in the face one too many times by this president," she writes.

This year, Obama promised action on immigration by the end of spring and again after the summer recess, and now he says he'll move after the November elections.

"Lie to me once, shame on you. Lie to me five times, what do you expect us to do? Obama and the Democrats who supported and encouraged him have little credibility among Latino voters," writes Velasquez.

She worries that by November another 60,000 Latinos will be deported. "Most of these human beings have lived in the United States for more than a decade and do backbreaking work that Americans do not want to do." Yet, ignoring their suffering, the president and the Democrats have repeatedly refused to push for immigration reform, according to Velasquez.

"It's hard for me to imagine many of us voting for Republicans, who have at times been downright hostile to immigrant communities," so "maybe Latinos" ought to "sit this election out. Maybe only by paying a price at the polls will Democrats finally stop throwing us under the bus," she concludes.


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Latino voters should consider sitting out closely fought midterm races in Colorado, Florida, Arkansas and North Carolina to penalize the Democratic Party and President Obama over immigration reform, writes Carmen Velasquez in Politico.
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