Sunday, July 10, 2011

Will Latinos abandon Obama in 2012?

Roundtable Debate About the Current Administration and Latinos
As Presidential campaigning begins to heat up, eyes are once again being cast on the Latino vote. Even Obama is in on the action, making visits this month to Puerto Rico and El Paso, Texas in hopes of wooing the Latino electorate.

But unlike 2008, the President is receiving a lukewarm reception, because this time around it’s more than just about jobs and the economy for Latinos. It’s about immigration. Now many Latinos are upset with Obama and the Democrats’ for their inaction on the issue, and equally offended by the Republican’s hostile anti-immigrant rhetoric. So what will it mean in the next election if immigration reform isn’t addressed? Will Latinos become disillusioned and not vote? Will they abandon support of the President? Or will they put their hopes in Obama’s second term?

Maria Hinojosa talks to Maria de los Angeles “Nena” Torres, Director and Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago and Maria Teresa Kumar, Executive Director of Voto Latino, to find out how Latinos will push back on their lawmakers – both at the polls and on the streets.

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1 comment:

  1. Immigration will be a hot issue in 2012 - Obama will fight for Rationality and Moderation - He will have the Latino Vote 70% plus !


    This Suprme Court Term’s decision striking down Arizona’s public financing scheme may help efforts to shelve S.B. 1070. The scheme helped blunt the influence of campaign contributions from businesses. Business interests have been an important brake on anti-immigrant measures in other states. With public finance off the table for the moment, state legislators may be more amenable to business influence, which in this case cuts in a progressive direction.

    Law Professor Peter Spiro suspect that the Supreme Court will punt on the case ( SB 1070 ). -

    ScotusBlog -
    Why the Court will duck S.B. 1070 case (for now) -
    By Peter Spiro
    Peter Spiro, Temple University Law professor, discusses S.B. 1070 for our on-line symposium.
    Professor Spiro teaches immigration and international law at Temple University. He is the author of Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization (Oxford)
    Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

    Some excerpts :

    The petition is before the Court from an interlocutory appeal. That means declining review at this point won’t foreclose it at a later date. In the meantime, however, the Court might just hope that the case goes away.

    On the assumption that S.B. 1070 isn’t going away, I still think the Court will keep its distance from the Arizona case at this time. There is the background principle of percolation, first of all. There may be other similar state measures that make it through the legislative gates, which would generate an array of perspectives from the lower courts. Just in the recent days, there have been relevant decisions from federal district courts in Georgia and Indiana on state immigration measures. Another law out of Alabama – in some respects harsher than Arizona’s – is sure to provoke legal challenges.

    As a general matter, the Court doesn’t like to engage an issue before it has to. Immigration enforcement is a political hot potato that doesn’t by itself fit into any pressing judicial agendas. Obviously, there are no splits on the question at this time, though some may develop. Assuming that other states persist in enacting their own restrictionist agendas, finally, waiting will also give the Court a better idea of the different possible approaches on the part of the states, which will make them easier to sort. Arizona’s approach may seem more or less reasonable against an array of other state measures. Finally, on the cert. question, it’s also no small matter that the Court is just coming off of Whiting, its first decision in more than thirty years to touch on the relationship of federalism and immigration enforcement. The Court’s decision in that case will affect lower court approaches to immigration federalism. Better to let Whiting to play out among the lower courts before revisiting the issue. So I don’t think it a foregone conclusion that the Court will grant Arizona’s petition.