The latest census data report releasedÂ Thursday does not bode well for the rapidly left-moving Democratic Party, nor forÂ open-borders proponents such as the National Council of La Raza (NCLR),Â nor forÂ illegal-immigrant-rights groupsÂ likeÂ the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). It appears that due to a combination of more stringent immigration laws andÂ 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.Â These declines were especially noticeable in places where the housing bubble had burst;Â such areasÂ lost construction jobs that traditionally had tended to attract immigrants. Other decreases occurredÂ in new-immigrant destinations in the Southeast, which previously had been consideredÂ 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,Â largely for Obama, and Hispanic groupsÂ are now flexing their growing politicalÂ 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 toÂ such groups in the past, fails toÂ advance the type of immigration reform that NCLR and MALDEF are demanding.
Â There areÂ at leastÂ 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 aforementionedÂ statesÂ stand either to: (a) lose some seats in the House of Representatives, or (b)Â gain fewer House seats than they otherwise might have (in the absence of a boycott).
It remains to be seen whether RepublicansÂ can figure out how to use this turn of events to their advantage.