Claude Cartaginese

Illegal Immigrants and the Democratic Party: Joined at the Hip

Posted on May 15 2009 3:34 pm
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The latest census data report released Thursday does not bode well for the rapidly left-moving Democratic Party, nor for open-borders proponents such as the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), nor for illegal-immigrant-rights groups like the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). It appears that due to a combination of more stringent immigration laws and our country’s faltering economy, the population growth of Hispanics in the U.S. has slowed unexpectedly in recent times.

According to the census report, the Hispanic populations of 36 states grew at a slower pace in 2008 than in 2007. These declines were especially noticeable in places where the housing bubble had burst; such areas lost construction jobs that traditionally had tended to attract immigrants. Other decreases occurred in new-immigrant destinations in the Southeast, which previously had been considered places that offered good manufacturing-job opportunities.

The political effects of this trend could be significant. Minorities turned out to vote in record numbers last November, largely for Obama, and Hispanic groups are now flexing their growing political muscle while they push the President and the Democratic Congress to pass immigration reform. Many Hispanic groups are advising illegals to boycott the upcoming 2010 census if President Barack Obama, who has shown himself to be sympathetic to such groups in the past, fails to advance the type of immigration reform that NCLR and MALDEF are demanding.

 There are at least 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. today, many of them clustered in states such as California, New York, Florida and Texas. If those illegals do indeed boycott the census, the aforementioned states stand either to: (a) lose some seats in the House of Representatives, or (b) gain fewer House seats than they otherwise might have (in the absence of a boycott).

It remains to be seen whether Republicans can figure out how to use this turn of events to their advantage.

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