Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Scratch below the surface and Pence’s remark is a profound statement about the foundational aspect of the Trump-Pence campaign. The GOP presidential campaign is one that has been built upon “otherization” — driving a wedge among people.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Immigrants come to the United States because there are people who want to employ them. If there wasn’t a demand there wouldn’t be much of a supply of immigrants – the Law of Supply and Demand, it’s Economics 101.
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: So what happened to Trump’s call to reinstate President Eisenhower’s Operation Wetback that oversaw a mass deportation of Mexican immigrants?
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: At first blush it doesn’t make sense that someone who characterizes Mexicans as drug dealers and rapists and who leads supporters to chant about building a nonsensical wall on the U.S.-Mexico border could garner any Latino support. Trump Latino Vote
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Arizona kicked off a bold anti-immigrant rhetoric which tamped down to an inside voice after the Supreme Court decision. Today, Trump has blasted the anti-immigrant volume back up to 11.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Given how Trump has fundamentally shifted the tone, wouldn’t it have been better for Rubio to fully own his view of immigration and keep an eye on the long game? Marco Rubio Quits
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: In Tenemos Familias Sanders connects the dots–linking his platform of inequality to racial issues and demonstrating that his rhetoric can have tangible implications.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: If there were some profound theoretical rationale for why Iowa should go first then maybe I could be persuaded to overlook the state’s complete lack of demographic representation.
Victoria DeFranceso Soto: Latinos have seen the biggest gains in coverage following the Affordable Care Act, but they remain the racial and ethnic group with the highest rate of uninsured.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Ringing in the new year with mass deportation raids – what the heck are some of the folks in the Obama administration thinking? That is the question Democrats must be pondering as we go into 2016.In this climate there is really no danger of a Latino Republican vote surge. At the most, some Latinos close to the issue of immigration will stay home.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: In the 2000 presidential election, the RNC outspent the DNC in Latino outreach by three to one and in 2004 Republican President George W. Bush received 44 percent of the Latino vote.
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: What started with name-calling–Mexican immigrants as rapists, criminals, disease carriers, and most recently “anchor babies”–has evolved into an immigration plan that deport all undocumented persons and rescind birthright citizenship.
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: The discriminatory intent toward Latinos is thinly veiled, if veiled at all. More generally, anti-immigrant laws diminish the value of our civil rights and respect for our liberties.