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What Last Night’s Election Means For Latinos

In yesterday’s midterm elections the Republicans won several seats in both the House and the Senate putting them firmly in control of congress. They also made gains in several gubernatorial races across the country. But the question a lot of people are asking today is what impact will this change have on the immigration debate and how will it impact Latinos in general? Any action on immigration stalled out months ago until after the election. This was a political move by Republicans to try and make the Democrats look bad for not following through with promises they made to Latino voters during the presidential campaign. It also allowed them to court the Latino vote that might have been damaged by any harsh anti-immigration measures. My guess is that when the demographic information comes in on this election you will see that Latinos largely just stayed home. Most of them aren’t going to vote Republican, (except for the Cubans in Miami, of course), but they are also fed up with Democrats not following through on their promises.

On the other hand there were some gains for Latinos as far as elected officials, many of whom were in fact Republicans. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were re-elected and George P. Bush won a local seat down in Texas, (his mother is Mexican). West Virginia elected Cuban-American Alex Mooney as well. I didn’t even know there were Latinos in West Virginia. But Cubans in conservative positions of power are nothing new and George P. Bush only has to rely on his name. As far as the Democrats go, they have no one to blame for this loss but themselves. They lacked leadership from the president and did little to fight the inertia of the Republican stalling tactics on Immigration. Of course, now it’s going to be even harder to pass any progressive legislation with both houses being deeply conservative. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

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