Latino voters are widely seen as the pivotal force behind the new bipartisan push for comprehensive immigration reform. They showed up at the polls at a record rate on Nov. 6, 2012 -- they accounted for 10 percent of all voters. Seven out of 10 Latinos chose President Barack Obama over his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney. Though Latinos tend to vote Democrat, the robust support for Obama was attributed to disgust over the harsh tone that Romney and many his parties struck when discussing immigration.EFE
Lately I have been very quiet regarding the presidential election. Romney was not my first choice for the Republican nomination; I had preferred other candidates' positions on immigration. Nevertheless, I voted for Romney this week.
With all the talk about immigration in the Hispanic media, and all the pundits spewing thoughtless blather about the Hispanic community, I have also questioned how Latinos will vote in November. The answer came to me as I remembered my grandmother’s admonition that "el trabajo dignifica al hombre,” which translates to "work dignifies man." This notion which I learned early in my childhood and has been with me ever since, clarified in my mind who Latinos will vote for: come November, they will vote for a job.
The Latinos I know prefer a hand up rather than a hand out! They prefer a paycheck rather than an unemployment check. They prefer to earn their keep rather than just sit around. They have a strong work ethic and would much rather sweat 8 to 12 hours a day picking vegetables, washing cars, or laying bricks, than standing in line at the unemployment office. The Latino business owners I know prefer hiring rather than firing, expanding rather than contracting, and would use the last dime from their savings before they let one of their workers go.
With the unemployment in the Hispanic community nationwide creeping back up to an unacceptable 11%, much higher than other minorities, I am not too convinced that they will vote for a president who has damaged their well-being so much and who threatens their livelihood with every passing day.
With the unemployment in the Hispanic community nationwide creeping back up to an unacceptable 11%, much higher than other minorities, I am not too convinced that they will vote for a president who has damaged their well-being so much and who threatens their livelihood with every passing day. I am not even talking about immigration and this president’s cynical unkempt promise to reform it, not even about his horrible record on massive deportations, the worst of any recent presidents which has separated hundreds of thousands of families. No, I am talking about the most fundamental responsibility of any head of household which is to provide for their families. Without a job, how can they fulfill their obligation?
Immigration reform is certainly an important issue for the Latino community. But, let’s be clear; as the heads of household, the Latinos I know will chose a candidate that can help them fulfill their primary role. They will vote for someone who gives them a job, or a better job, helps them create their own job and helps them create jobs for someone else. They gave Obama his chance. He has failed. Its all about the jobs stupid.
Rosario Marin served as the 41st US Treasurer under President George W. Bush. She is the author of "Leading Between Two Worlds Lessons" from the first Mexican-born Treasurer of the United States.