Was a DREAMer Sold Down The River By Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Sinema?

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December 03

Rep. Krysten Sinema is not held in high regard with Hispanic voters here locally in Arizona after she got "tough on immigration" and helped pass SB1225.  It certainly didn't help her when she had an immigration leader via Carlos Galindo detained for speaking out against her and exercising his freedom of speech.  Carlos Galindo is now a nationally syndicated radio show host who conducts his show in both Spanish and in English.  His audience grows and he has the pulse of the immigrant, Mexican American / Chicano and Latino community.  Personally, I have a hunch Erika Andiola was asked to resign.

Here is what left of center radio host Carlos Galindo has to say about Sinema and the DREAMer:

Was a Dreamer who may have been used as a Latino outreach puppet by a Blue Dog Democrat, fired from her job?

December 3, 2013

It appears Erika Andiola who prominently entered the Immigration spotlight when she milked an incident involving her Mother, an alleged prior arrest and an alleged outstanding deportation order will be leaving her employment as an Immigration Outreach staffer for Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema AZ CD-9. See her Facebook post below:

 

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Here's another screenshot of Andiola mooching (she calls it chipping in). You will also see an appropriate response from Dee Dee Blase Garcia. Blase Garcia is a nationally recognized blogger and Politico who is beyond politically involved. She's a mover and a shaker. Blase Garcia is former Republican turned Independent after having been disenfranchised from the GOP because of their oppressive policies towards women, children and Immigrants. Follow Dee Dee Blase Garcia here. 

 

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By the way, Andiola's former and most recent employer, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema has her own anti-Immigrant legislation baggage that has dogged her all the way to Washington from from Arizona after she threw the Immigrant community under the bus.

However, this blog is about Andiola and her tactics to gain attention. Andiola's mother was picked up by ICE a few months ago. Allegedly, according to Andiola and others close to the family, Andiola's mother was being transported to the border to be deported when the van or bus in which she was transported received a call ordering a return of Andiola's mother to a holding facility that eventually released her on an alleged form of parole or supervision until her next court date.

However, many of the allegations made by Andiola or others were refuted by ICE. The following is a formal on the record statement from the ICE Spokesperson.

“On the record: “One of two individuals detained by ICE in Phoenix, AZ has been released. The other individual will be released imminently. Although one individual had been previously removed from the country, an initial review of these cases revealed that certain factors outlined in ICE’s prosecutorial discretion policy appear to be present and merit an exercise of discretion. A fuller review of the cases is currently on-going. ICE exercises prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis, considering the totality of the circumstances in an individual case.”

On background (please attribute ICE):

ICE agents did not target these individuals because of their family member’s role with the Dream Act Coalition.

Additionally, this arrest had absolutely nothing to do with DACA; instead, it was based on information from a prior arrest.

Amber Cargile
Spokesperson
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Phoenix, AZ”

Additional information I received was that in fact, Andiola's mother was never en route to the border to be deported, and that the alleged call to return Andiola's mother to the detention facility allegedly never occurred.

Well, we've got conflicting stories folks. Although many of us do not appreciate ICE's tactics or past behavior, we also cannot allow those who through whatever means have gained the ear of the Immigrant, Latino and Anglo community to misrepresent situations involving the Immigrant community's arch enemy or the Obama administration.

It's unfortunate that Andiola is one of those Dreamers that appears to be more interested in following the Ayn Rand ideology than the Ghandi or MLK ideology, the latter being one that one would think a young dreamer would want to emulate. Sadly I've seen too many Dreamers more interested in making sure their mug gets on the evening news or making sure they are on the right path to climb socially. I'm not generalizing Dreamers. I have helped many Dreamers. I admire these kids. They are part of America's future. I might compare this to the Republicans and the Tea Party. The Dems and the Pro-Immigrant community have allowed a handful of these unruly ungrateful brats to control the messaging, which has primarily consisted of Anti-USA rhetoric and anti-Obama attacks.

It appears Andiola's recent departure from Sinema's employ may have been a forced departure, based on pressure that was placed on Sinema and her congressional office for hiring a staffer who is supportive of an Immigration "advocate" who spews anti-USA rhetoric. Just as important, according to sources, Andiola was a $50,000 a year congressional office staffer allegedly mooching for money to take a trip to Washington with her mom. See screenshot below.

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Keep your eye on Andiola, she isn't done yet! Once a social climber, always a social climber.

 

Here's an Ayn Rand quote. 

“The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.

Ayn Rand”

— http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ayn_rand.html
Straight Talk: ..........or by stepping on the backs of others as most of these Ayn Rand disciples believe, and do.
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Conservative Rush Limbaugh Created 2014 Political Death Wish For GOP By Attacking Pope Francis

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December 02

Rush Limbaugh did the Democratic Party a big favor today.  Just when you think the Republican Party could not get worse, Conservative talking show host Rush Limbaugh proves us wrong when he attacked Pope Francis with regard to social justice. This comes to no surprise to us considering the many Republicans who fear the influence of Catholic voters and their attacks on the Pope will only cause Catholics to coalesce.

Rush Limbaugh doesn't believe our immigration system is broken despite the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer who said and made it clear to the nation that it is when she signed the controversial anti-immigrant Senate Bill 1070.  Informed Mexican American and Latino voters have known for years the influence John Tanton has had when his movement hijacked the Republican Party.  Many party leaders don't know that John Tanton helped build Michigan's Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, yet, they take marching orders from a crazy man who thinks over population will ruin the globe.

According to Political Research:

Founded in 1979 by John Tanton in Washington D.C., one of FAIR’s main goals is to overturn the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA) of 1965. The INA ended a decades-long racist quota system that limited immigration to mostly While Northern Europeans. Current FAIR President Dan Stein has called INA “a key mistake in national policy” and “a source of error.”

FAIR has received criticism over the years for its links to eugenicists and white supremacists. Garrett Hardin, a now deceased biologist and board member of FAIR wrote in his 1968 paper “Tragedy of the Commons” that “[the] freedom to breed is intolerable.” Current board member Donald A. Collins frequently writes for VDARE.com, an anti-immigration site. In the infamous 1988 “WITAN memos”, published in the Arizona Republic, founder John Tanton warned of the “Latin onslaught” in America and the low “educatability” of Latinos. He also expressed concern that the Catholic Church would capitalize on the faith of Latinos to exert more political influence in the U.S. FAIR has also come under fire for taking grant money from the Pioneer Fund, a controversial nonprofit organization who share FAIR’s eugenicist ideologies. FAIR frequently promotes The Social Contract Pressa press program that routinely publishes race-baiting articles written by white nationalists, founded by John Tanton in 1990.

 

Now keep in mind, we know many Republicans support the views of Rush Limbaugh and his rhetoric, and I'm confident a good chunk of his listeners are those who belong to one of the John Tanton networks.   In fact, Republican Party leaders have been pandering recently to the pro lifer people within the Hispanic community in Texas with regard to the Wendy Davis vs. Greg Abbot race, because they know that a good chunk of Latinos are members of the Catholic Church.   According to the PEW RESEARCH, there have been some striking demographic shifts. For example, the U.S. Catholic population has been heavily shaped by immigration and includes a rising share of Latinos. This is evident in the age structure of the U.S. Catholic population, in which nearly half of Catholics under age 40 are Hispanic (47%), compared with about one-in-six (16%) Catholics 65 and older.

That said, Rush Limbaugh has now become a liability for the Republican Conservatives. His attacks on the Pope of Rome is a death wish for the GOP.

You don't attack the Catholic Pope of Rome without the consequences.

 

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Hispanic Voters: Pro Life Organizations Must Flush ALEC Who Profit From Jailing Hardworking Catholic Immigrants

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December 02
Laura Ingraham Keeping Track of Hispanic Voters When It Comes To Pro Life Issues Despite her jab against Catholics.
Laura Ingraham Keeping Track of Hispanic Voters When It Comes To Pro Life Issues Despite Her Jab Against Catholics.

 

There has been a lot of hoopla from Republican and Conservative leaders when it comes to the Mexican-American and/or Hispanic voters regarding the pro life issue, and it is too bad the GOP doesn't pay attention to  Texas Catholic leaders who understand the pain Mexican American / Latino families go through with regard to their legal comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) inaction in 2013.  Bottom line:  The Republican Party panders to Hispanic voters because they know many of them are Catholic, yet, they won't listen to Catholic leaders with regard to policy that will win them Latino hearts.   Healthy relationships advance with fair give and take measures.

Hispanic and women voters are noting the letter getting ignored by Speaker John Boehner when Cardinal Dolan sent a letter with regard to the urgency of immigration reform.  It might be a good idea for the Catholic Church to publicly distance themselves from Speaker Boehner the same way they shun Rep. Nancy Pelosi.  The Catholic Church has also warned the GOP House of Representatives to get their act together on immigration reform but it appears to be falling on deaf ears. Yet informed political voters know that  come 2014, we will see the Republican Party and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus try to sway Hispanic and Women voters with regard to caring about immigration, pro life, Hispanics and women.  Fixing the broken immigration system is a pro life issue when thousands of Mexicans die crossing the harsh desert to achieve the American dream and when Republicans do not express urgency on a matter high on our list, we will not express urgency to support them.

But the real insult to our intelligence are with those Republican leaders who want the Hispanic pro life voters to support their pro life agenda while pro life organizations support organizations who promote  profit for private prisons while throwing Latino immigrants in jail. It does not help when we see some of the oldest pro life organizations affiliating themselves with  American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).   Pro life leaders and organizations lose credibility when their fingerprints are found on organizations like ALEC who appear to embrace a culture of death, and their pro life efforts targeting Hispanic and women voters in key races will have little merit until they do away with those fingerprints.

If one is going to call themselves pro life, perhaps they ought to essentially support it from a womb to the tomb standpoint.  Billions of our American tax payer dollars are being spent on detaining immigrants who get caught for working in agricultural fields, car washes, fast food restaurants and etc. We are well aware the private prison industry would take a huge hit if immigration reform passes – private prison systems who receive government subsidies where millions of our tax payer money is wasted. Millions of our taxpayer dollars are wasted because of lawsuits, and I believe we ought to reconsider private prison systems because the incentive to make more profit dollars seem to outweigh basic and humane treatment of human beings.

But these disturbing stories do not only affect immigrants – they affect American women voters, too. I am especially disturbed in hearing stories about women in private prisons owned by Corrections Corporation of American refusing Autumn Miller’s cries for medical attention. She says the guards gave her a menstrual pad and locked her in a cell. As a result, Miller says in a lawsuit filed in Dallas federal court, on June 14, 2012, “She looked down and watched, in horror, as she delivered baby Gracie into the toilet.” The infant lived for four days and died in her mother’s arms.

According the the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Speaker Boehner is an  alumnus. The Nation’s Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor reveal their role in expanding prison systems. According to their report,prison labor for the private sector was legally barred for years, to avoid unfair competition with private companies. But this has changed thanks to the ALEC, its Prison Industries Act, and a little-known federal program known as PIE (thePrison Industries Enhancement Certification Program). An In These Times investigation revealed that ALEC arranged secret meetings between Arizona’s state legislators and CCA to draft what became SB 1070, Arizona’s notorious immigration law, to keep CCA prisons flush with immigrant detainees. ALEC has proven expertly capable of devising endless ways to help private corporations benefit from the country’s massive prison population.

Lack of leadership within pro life organizations may have fueled the culture of death, and I know this because few stepped up to the plate when our 14th amendment rights were being attacked by the Republicans they endorsed via Birthright Citizenship. Informed Hispanic voters remember how Tom Tancredo (memorable anti-immigrant politician) received a a 100% rating from National Right to Life. 

According to Americans United for Life, the legal arm of the pro-life movement and the oldest national pro-life organization, received a prestigious Weyrich Award for “Grassroots Organization of the Year” for 2011. Paul Weyrich was the founder and past director of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Why is the National Right To Life working in concert with ALEC, when it was ALEC who helped design laws that began anti-Hispanic laws? Laws that put mothers and fathers in jail virtually leaving little babies and children behind? How do pro-life / pro-baby organizations claim to be what they are when they make secret pacts with the devil? The pro-life movement often uses the 14th amendment to further their agenda and many would say it is their crowning jewel, yet these established pro life organizations did nothing when attacks were being made against immigrant birthright citizenship and our 14th amendment.

To conclude, Mexican American Chicano Latino voters are exactly where we need to be for 2014 an 2016. We are the key swing voters, and many of us are registered independent voters.  Republicans like Nevada Senate Candidate via  Sharron Angle wanted the public to believe we were all Democratic voters,  thereby trying to get Anglos to believe we were a ‘lost cause’. We are not a lost cause. We’re more powerful placing ourselves in a position of leverage because we know we are the fastest rising demographic in the Nation, and we want both sides of the aisle to work harder for our vote.  I know that several #prolife leaders are members of the Catholic Church, and they should take their fingerprints off of ALEC and flush them for expanding private prisons who profit from Catholic hardworking immigrants when they commit civil offenses in light of broken a clearly broken immigration system.

 

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GOP Playing 2013 Russian Roulette With Hispanic Vote Despite Past Political Lessons Learned

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December 02
Republican John Boehner (member of Catholic Church) has ties to ALEC who have helped private prisons profit.
Republican John Boehner (member of Catholic Church) has ties to ALEC who have helped private prisons profit.

 

The GOP is playing Russian roulette with the Mexican-American / Hispanic vote again.

On April 23, 2010, the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer stated:

Senate Bill 1070 – represents another tool for our state to use as we work to solve a crisis we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix …”

 

Yet, three years later it remains unfixed and Speaker Boehner is to blame.

A trip to memory lane will recall when Republican Senate Candidate Sharron Angle (pro life politician) took a very bad risk when she demonized Latinos in her infamous political advertisements that reeked of bigotry. According to Latino Decisions, Senate Candidate Sharron Angle of Nevada only received 8% of the burgeoning Hispanic vote vs. Senator Harry Reid's 90%.   Despite multiple lessons and warnings given to the GOP, it appears conservative Republicans still want to demonize Latino communities.  Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith said the bipartisan legal comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill is worse than we thought, when in fact, Republican President George W. Bush pushed for a more lenient reform bill.    This Gang of Eight bill is not 'worse' as Rep. Smith claims, in fact,  it proves how much we have compromised since the Bush years. 

But the real insult to our intelligence are with those Republican leaders who want the Hispanic pro life voters to support their pro life agenda while pro life organizations support organizations that profit from throwing Mexican-American and/or Hispanics in jail.  Catholic Cardinal Dolan sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner with regard to the urgency of immigration reform and it is getting ignored.  He warned the GOP House of Representatives to get their act together on immigration reform and it is getting ignored.  Yet come 2014, we will see the Republican Party and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus try to trick Hispanic and Women voters with regard to caring about immigration, pro life, Hispanics and women.  Fixing the broken immigration system is a pro life issue when thousands of Mexicans die crossing the harsh desert to achieve the American dream.  They don't build Mayflower boats to get here.

It does not help when we see some of the oldest pro life organizations affiliating themselves with  American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).   Pro life leaders and organizations lose credibility when their fingerprints are found on organizations like ALEC who appear to embrace a culture of death, and their pro life efforts targeting Hispanic and women voters in key races will have little merit until they do away with those fingerprints.

If one is going to call themselves pro life, perhaps they ought to essentially support it from a womb to the tomb standpoint.  Billions of our American tax payer dollars are being spent on detaining immigrants who get caught for working in agricultural fields, car washes, fast food restaurants and etc. We are well aware the private prison industry would take a huge hit if immigration reform passes – private prison systems who receive government subsidies where millions of our tax payer money is wasted. Millions of our taxpayer dollars are wasted because of lawsuits, and I believe we ought to reconsider private prison systems because the incentive to make more profit dollars seem to outweigh basic and humane treatment of human beings.

But these disturbing stories do not only affect immigrants – they affect American women, too. I am especially disturbed in hearing stories about women in private prisons owned by Corrections Corporation of American refusing Autumn Miller’s cries for medical attention. She says the guards gave her a menstrual pad and locked her in a cell. As a result, Miller says in a lawsuit filed in Dallas federal court, on June 14, 2012, “She looked down and watched, in horror, as she delivered baby Gracie into the toilet.” The infant lived for four days and died in her mother’s arms.

According the the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Speaker Boehner is an  alumnus. The Nation’s Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor reveal their role in expanding prison systems. According to their report,prison labor for the private sector was legally barred for years, to avoid unfair competition with private companies. But this has changed thanks to the ALEC, its Prison Industries Act, and a little-known federal program known as PIE (thePrison Industries Enhancement Certification Program). An In These Times investigation revealed that ALEC arranged secret meetings between Arizona’s state legislators and CCA to draft what became SB 1070, Arizona’s notorious immigration law, to keep CCA prisons flush with immigrant detainees. ALEC has proven expertly capable of devising endless ways to help private corporations benefit from the country’s massive prison population.

Lack of leadership within pro life organizations may have fueled the culture of death, and I know this because few stepped up to the plate when our 14th amendment rights were being attacked by the Republicans they endorsed via Birthright Citizenship. Informed Hispanic voters remember how Tom Tancredo (memorable anti-immigrant politician) received a a 100% rating from National Right to Life. 

To conclude, Mexican American Chicano Latino voters are exactly where we need to be for 2014 an 2016. We are the key swing voters, and many of us are registered independent voters.  Republicans like Sharron Angle wanted the public to believe we were all Democratic voters,  thereby trying to get Anglos to believe we were a ‘lost cause’. We are not a lost cause. We’re more powerful placing ourselves in a position of leverage because we know we are the fastest rising demographic in the Nation, and we want both sides of the aisle to work harder for our vote.

 

 

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Cardinal Dolan to House Republicans: “Get Your Act Together On Immigration” #CatholicVote #HispanicVote

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December 02

We still have not heard a peep from Prophet Thomas Monson of the Utah Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS)  in support of legal immigration reform this year despite their Mormon Temple that exists within the heart of the southwest. .  However, yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Archbishop Timothy Dolan openly told House Republicans  to “get your act together” in passing comprehensive immigration reform. See video here.

We are very glad Cardinal Dolan understands that the House GOP Representatives like Speaker Boehner is preventing legal comprehensive immigration reform from taking place this year.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi told Rep. John Boehner we have enough bipartisan Republican votes to pass immigration reform.  The Democratic-controlled Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform plan months ago, and the one man preventing this from being voted on this year is Speaker Boehner.

Though Dolan raises good points on immigration, he appears equally upset with Democrats on the pro life issue, however, I believe the breakdown in the pro life message has been within the  pro life leadership.  It does not help when we see some of the oldest pro life organizations affiliating themselves with  American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).   Pro life leaders and organizations lose credibility when their fingerprints are found on organizations like ALEC who appear to embrace a culture of death, and their pro life efforts targeting Hispanic and women voters in key races will have little merit until they do away with those fingerprints.

If one is going to call themselves pro life, perhaps they ought to essentially support it from a womb to the tomb standpoint.  Billions of our American tax payer dollars are being spent on detaining immigrants who get caught for working in agricultural fields, car washes, fast food restaurants and etc. We are well aware the private prison industry would take a huge hit if immigration reform passes – private prison systems who receive government subsidies where millions of our tax payer money is wasted. Millions of our taxpayer dollars are wasted because of lawsuits, and I believe we ought to reconsider private prison systems because the incentive to make more profit dollars seem to outweigh basic and humane treatment of human beings.

But these disturbing stories do not only affect immigrants – they affect American women, too. I am especially disturbed in hearing stories about women in private prisons owned by Corrections Corporation of American refusing Autumn Miller’s cries for medical attention. She says the guards gave her a menstrual pad and locked her in a cell. As a result, Miller says in a lawsuit filed in Dallas federal court, on June 14, 2012, “She looked down and watched, in horror, as she delivered baby Gracie into the toilet.” The infant lived for four days and died in her mother’s arms.

According the the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Speaker Boehner is an  alumnus. The Nation’s Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor reveal their role in expanding prison systems. According to their report,prison labor for the private sector was legally barred for years, to avoid unfair competition with private companies. But this has changed thanks to the ALEC, its Prison Industries Act, and a little-known federal program known as PIE (thePrison Industries Enhancement Certification Program). An In These Times investigation revealed that ALEC arranged secret meetings between Arizona’s state legislators and CCA to draft what became SB 1070, Arizona’s notorious immigration law, to keep CCA prisons flush with immigrant detainees. ALEC has proven expertly capable of devising endless ways to help private corporations benefit from the country’s massive prison population.

Lack of leadership within pro life organizations may have fueled the culture of death, and I know this because few stepped up to the plate when our 14th amendment rights were being attacked by the Republicans they endorsed via Birthright Citizenship. 

 

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Latino Voters Begin 2013 Count Down: Will Ohio GOP Speaker Boehner Help Fix Broken Immigration Before Christmas Vacation?

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December 02

House GOP Representatives like Speaker Boehner are preventing legal comprehensive immigration reform from taking place this year. Rep. Nancy Pelosi told Rep. John Boehner we have enough bipartisan Republican votes to pass immigration reform. The Democratic-controlled Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform plan months ago, and the one man preventing this from being voted on this year is Speaker Boehner.

We remember too well when key competitive districts were won with the help of the Hispanic and Women Vote. A case in point is when Candidate Sharron Angle and the GOP thought they could win a race in a competitive district withOUT the Hispanic vote. We were glad to see her lose after demonizing Latinos with her racist ads. 

No Immigration Vote in 2013 Spells Trouble for the GOP in 2014 regarding rising Hispanic voters. Hispanic Voters, Catholic Voters, Women Voters, Independent Voters are counting down to see if House Republicans will fix the Broken Immigration before going on their Christmas vacations. 

 

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While the vast majority of blue collar workers work their fingers to the bone, Americans are getting screwed by those T.E.A. (taxed enough already) Party politicians.  Republicans own the majority of the seats in the House of Representatives during 2013 and 2014.  GOP  House Speaker John Boehner is the 4th highest paid government official getting paid almost a quarter of a million dollars per year with our tax dollars.  We do not believe it is acceptable for Republicans to decrease Congressional working days in November / December 2013 in light of Americans having to endure the government shutdown debacle, obstructionism, partisanship, infighting with regard to the Affordable Care Act, Syria, Iran, budget talks, immigration reform and etc.  We have watched the GOP-led House of Representative polls sink, and we believe they do  not deserve to go on extended vacation breaks considering Americans pay over $75 million budget per year in order to fund 435 House of Representatives.

 

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2013 Immigration Inaction Causes Scrutiny With Rep. Bill Johnson's Ties With Extremist Tom Tancredo

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November 30

It looks like Republican Speaker John Boehner's immigration inaction in 2013 is going to cost the Republican Party some House of Representative seats in 2014.  His failed leadership and obstructionism in putting immigration reform for vote in 2013 will remain fresh in women voters' minds.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi stated we have the bipartisan votes in support of fixing the broken immigration system, yet, Boehner is obstructing.  He is in charge of the schedule at the House of Reps level because quite frankly the GOP owns the majority of the seats.

But what of Ohio Republican rep. Bill Johnson?  It appears he is part of the Tom Tancredo anti-immigration club under the guise of "immigration caucus."   In the below print screen you will see Rep. Johnson complain about the broken immigration system yet he will not take any leadership at the federal level and will not support what P.O.W. Veteran and Republican Senator John McCain supports!  Immigration is a federal matter yet no leadership is found with Johnson even though Ohio voters made it clear they overwhelmingly support immigration reform.  Rep. Bill Johnson needs to understand his ties to The Immigration Reform Caucus has been closely linked over the years with immigration restrictionist organizations like NumbersUSA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which Imagine 2050 has deemed a “white nationalist” organization that has “endeavored to eradicate immigration to the United States and to systematically limit civil liberties.”[10]

Does Rep. Johnson have any idea how Tom Tancredo hurt the Republican Party when he criticized both Republican President George W. Bush and Karl Rove?  Does Rep. Johnson have any idea how women, independent and Hispanic voters treat Tom Tancredo like kryptonite?

 

BC accurately recalls:

"It all started with the Tancredo-Rove feud. In April 2002, Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo received a phone call from Karl Rove. Tancredo had just authored an op-ed for the Washington Times that completely excoriated President George W. Bush’s immigration policy. At the end of a twenty-minute rant, Tancredo alleges that Rove ended the conservation with the old, ‘You will never darken the steps of the White House again’ threat.

Tancredo used the criticism to propel himself into the forefront of the anti-immigration movement. He has also manipulated his intense dislike of Karl Rove and President George W. Bush into a groundswell of support that comes from many sources. All of them claim to be conservative, and most of them claiming, falsely it appears, to be Republican. I have long suspected and feared that Tom Tancredo, a Republican, would manipulate this support into an Oval Office run, even though, for months he has staunchly said he was not planning to do so."

 

How will the Ohio GOP leadership explain to the voters how one of their own via Speaker Boeher could have solved a broken immigration system in 2013 but chose not to?

Looks like the Ohio GOP needs to look at a recent November 2013 memo provided by the Basswood Research regarding NATIONAL GENERAL ELECTION POLL ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES  IN REPUBLICAN-HELD COMPETITIVE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.  NOTE:  Republicans typically use Basswood Research so it tends to be conservative-leaning. 

According to the research findings, inaction by GOP in swing districts will more than likely cost them their seats.   Since its founding in 2001,Basswood Research has conducted survey research in every state and in hundreds of congressional districts and local communities. Its founder and principal, Jon Lerner, has been recognized by Roll Call, National Journal, the Washington Post and others as one of the leading Republican pollsters in the nation. Basswood has helped elect more than two dozen U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, and Governors, including leading conservatives such as Senators Tom Coburn, Pat Toomey, and Tim Scott. It has served as pollster for leading conservative advocacy groups such as the Club for Growth. And it has conducted surveys for the national Republican Party committees at the RGA, the NRSC, and the NRCC.

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Key Swing Independent, Women & Hispanic Voters Take Closer Look at Jenifer Garrison (Rep. Bill Johnson's Opponent)

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November 30
There are more women voters than male voters in the United States. We live longer than men.
There are more women voters than male voters in the United States. We live longer than men.

Ohio women leaders are already putting their  2014/ 2016 strategic election hats on because the mostly male House of Representatives are not quick to fix broken issues under Ohio Republican Speaker John Boehner's direction.

It's time for Women Voters to take a closer look at Jennifer Garrison of Ohio.  She is running against Republican Rep. Bill Johnson in a key competitive race.  Women voters ought to remember that not one single Republican Presidential candidate has made the White House without Ohio, and we view Ohio as the heart of a matter.

In addition to organizing Ohio women, we are being proactive with the burgeoning Hispanic vote and key swing independent voters.   Independent voters need to be better at organizing the rising independent vote and we know that both sides of the political spectrum spend a lot of money in convincing independent registered voters, too.

How will the Ohio GOP leadership explain to the voters how one of their own via Speaker Boeher could have solved a broken immigration system in 2013 but chose not to?
Looks like the Ohio GOP needs to look at a recent November 2013 memo provided by the Basswood Research regarding NATIONAL GENERAL ELECTION POLL ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES  IN REPUBLICAN-HELD COMPETITIVE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.  NOTE:  Republicans typically use Basswood Research so it tends to be conservative-leaning. 
According to the research findings, inaction by GOP in swing districts will more than likely cost them their seats.   Since its founding in 2001,Basswood Research has conducted survey research in every state and in hundreds of congressional districts and local communities. Its founder and principal, Jon Lerner, has been recognized by Roll Call, National Journal, the Washington Post and others as one of the leading Republican pollsters in the nation. Basswood has helped elect more than two dozen U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, and Governors, including leading conservatives such as Senators Tom Coburn, Pat Toomey, and Tim Scott. It has served as pollster for leading conservative advocacy groups such as the Club for Growth. And it has conducted surveys for the national Republican Party committees at the RGA, the NRSC, and the NRCC.
Here is what the memo states:
Methodology
On November 2-3, 2013, Basswood Research conducted a survey of likely general election voters in 20 congressional districts. These districts are widely viewed as the 20 most competitive ones currently held by Republican incumbents. The districts surveyed were: CA-10, CA-21, CO-6, FL-2, FL-10, IA-3, IL-13, IN-2, MI-1, MI-7, MI-11, MN-2, NE-2, NV-3, NY-11, NY-19, NY-23, OH-6, OH-14, PA-8. The survey was conducted by live professional interviewers by telephone. The overall sample size was 1000, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%, at a 95% confidence interval. Each district contributed 50 interviews to the sample; as such, data in individual districts is much less reliable.
Key Findings
• Voters in key Republican districts are highly dissatisfied with political leadership in Washington across-the-board.
President Obama’s job approval rating is poor, with 41% approving and 58% disapproving. “Democrats in Congress” fare even worse, with 34% approving, and 63% disapproving. But it is “Republicans in Congress” who are in the worst shape in these Republican districts, with 27% approving and 70% disapproving of their job performance.
• Voters in key Republican districts want action on immigration reform.
Fixing the current immigration system is rated as “very important” by 70% of voters in these districts. An additional 23% rate action on immigration reform as “somewhat important.” Only 5% rate immigration reform as either “not very important” or “not at all important.”
• Voters prefer an imperfect immigration solution to no solution.
When given a choice between leaving the current immigration system the way it is, and “passing new laws that are not perfect, but do attempt to fix the serious flaws in the current system,” voters choose imperfect solutions over the status quo by a massive 77%-15% margin. That includes 67% of voters who consider themselves “very conservative,” and 72% of registered or affiliated Republicans.
The major elements of the comprehensive immigration reform proposals being considered in Congress have widespread support in these key Republican districts.
E-Verify: 80% support; 13% oppose
Dream Act: 78% support; 16% oppose
Earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented: 71% support; 21% oppose
Increasing fines for employers who hire 72% support; 23% oppose
Undocumented immigrants:
Increasing border patrol and border fencing: 67% support; 24% oppose
Increasing high tech legal immigration: 62% support; 30% oppose
• The combination of enhanced border security and pathway to citizenship represents a consensus position.
When presented with three options regarding the interconnection between border security to prevent future illegal immigration and citizenship for those who are presently in the country and undocumented, the following responses were found:
17% oppose a pathway to citizenship under all circumstances;
26% favor a pathway to citizenship even without any increase in border security;
50% favor a pathway to citizenship if it also includes substantially increased border security.
76% favor a pathway to citizenship, with or without enhanced border security.
What does this mean for Women, Independent and Mexican American / Hispanic Voters?
It could mean Republicans in the House of Representatives will lose their power and majority seats in 2014 possibly getting a sweeter deal with a combined Democratic-controlled House and Senate. 
If Priebus and the Ohio GOP think they can woo women and Hispanic voters in 2014 / 2016 with mere words, they have another think coming because what we see is the GOP ruining a good Thanksgiving / Christmas Season in 2013 — thus making it easy to ruin theirs come November 2014 for making us wait.  Their stalling and delay tactics will remain fresh in our Mexican American minds for the remainder of the 2014 election year.
We have the votes now that will fix the broken immigration system that would only enhance our national and economic security.  According to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, we have the legal comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) votes with 190 cosponsors on H.R.15 and 28 Republicans vowing support.
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The Question Is Not “Can The President Stop ALL Deportations?” The Question Is “What Will Happen If He Does?”

POSTED ON
November 29
I like what Alex Mones has to say below because I have somewhat similar views.   Some folks (few but loud) want Obama to cram some sort of immigration order down GOP throats -- but let me remind you that some Americans felt like Obamacare was crammed down their throats in 2010 which is why the Tea Party coalesced and organized more and took over the House of Representatives.  Those few have short-term memories, and if they want a  Republican President, then they should continue to support for President Obama to "cram" something down GOP's throats. But those of us who are independent key swing voters with a realistic and somewhat centrist approach to things believe in supporting bipartisan legal comprehensive immigration reform.  We are not interested in band aids that some future President can undo.   Luckily for us, we have the burgeoning "Hispanic" vote on our side as well as women voters to help keep extremism out of our National political arena.  Indeed there are more women voters than male voters across our Nation and we are sick of the mostly male Congress destroying our Nation with obstructionism.

The rhetoric, partisanship and obstructionism is producing a vile and evil anti-Obama agenda that seems to harness bigotry, and I am concerned about the President of the United States and his welfare considering a recent Christian American Patriots Militia leader who says: "We now have authority to shoot Obama."

That said, here is an opinion below that sort of brings more light into the immigration debate that is helpful to independent, women and Hispanic voters: 

 

The Question Is Not “Can The President Stop ALL Deportations”…The Question Is “What Will Happen If He Does?”

By Alex Mones

Alex Mones

 

The letter from the law professors stating PresObama can stop deportations of 11mill immigrants raises more questions than it gives answers. The power to stop deportation is there. The President (POTUS) does have the power to stop deportations; HOWEVER, it is a very LIMITED power, thus it cannot be used to stop ALL deportations or stop prosecution of the 11million undocumented immigrants in this country. The letter signed by the law professors stating POTUS can use these "magical" powers doesn’t tell the full story. The letter doesn’t tell you the repercussion POTUS will face from Congress and the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

Each branch of our Government has its checks and balances to prevent abuse by any one branch. Not only that, but the letter does not state how such move will risk the lives of 11million immigrants. Here is what they failed to present:

-Deferred Action:

This action generally is used to put a stay on the deportation proceedings or prevent an individual even from being placed in a deportation proceeding and it makes them eligible for employment authorizations. Enforcement of this action is squarely within POTUS' executive powers. In 2009 widows and children of US citizens benefited from it (a specific group of undocumented immigrants). However, as DHS explains "Deferred action is generally an act of prosecutorial discretion to suspend removal proceedings against a PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL or GROUP of INDIVIDUALS (eg: in this case is widows & their children) for a specific timeframe; it cannot resolve an individual’s underlying immigration status."

If POTUS decided to use Deferred Action for ALL 11 million of immigrants, can you explain to me how you make 11 million fit into the category of "group of individuals" similar to the specific group of widows and children of US citizens? Millions of undocumented immigrants have relatives who are not closely related; many don’t fit the Dreamer qualification. How do you deal with those millions of immigrants? Are you willing to discriminate against those groups?

-Parole-in-Place:

Under Federal statutes, the Attorney General may in his discretion parole into the US temporarily, on CASE-BY-CASE basis, any alien applying for admission to the US. Parole permits noncitizens to remain lawfully in the US. In the past PresCarter granted this order to allow Cubans into the US. PresClinton did the same for Cubans, and PresObama did the same for Haitians orphans who were in the process of being adopted in the US. PresObama also used this power for close relatives of US Citizens in the military.

A case cited by the small group of law professors is Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council. This case is about the EPA regulation allowing STATES (not POTUS) to treat all pollution-emitting devices within same industrial grouping as though they were encased within a single group was based on permissible construction of term "statutory source" in the Clean Air Act Amendments. Stretching this case to compare to immigration reform, how do you make 11 million immigrants FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES fit into "a single group," based on the construction of our IMMIGRATION LAWS?...obviously not the Clean Air Act.

-Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)/TPS:

This is closely related to deferred action. TPS now largely supersedes the use of DED in practice. DED/TPS is granted ONLY to nationals of a foreign country that is experiencing armed conflict, a natural disaster, or some other "extraordinary" condition that makes it unsafe. Almost every POTUS has granted DED/TPS to at least one GROUP of noncitizens. PresBush granted it to Salvadorans because of the armed conflict in their country. PresObama granted DED to Liberians who were forced to flee their country as a result of armed conflict. As the conflict in this country ended so did TPS. Due to compelling foreign policy reasons, due to the armed conflict, DED was extended to those Liberians presently residing in the US under existing DED.

How exactly do 11 million from Latin America, Europe, etc fit into this SPECIFIC category of countries experiencing armed conflict, natural disaster, or some other extraordinary condition? Last time I checked we were not in a World War and the 11 million immigrants did not come from those countries in turmoil.

-Supreme Court (SCOTUS) powers to interfere with the executive powers:

The article presented by Victor Narro, Projector Director at UCLA Labor Center made the same claims as the letter of this small group of law professors. In his article he claims that the courts have recognized, and implicitly approved, the existence of this executive power and its enforcement. However, he is very vague about what the SCOTUS actually decided.
The Heckler v Chaney (1985) case is cited by a "letter" circulating the internet signed by a really small group of law professors in 2012. The problem is that this letter does not give you the full story of this case. The Heckler case is about prison inmates suing the FDA to take action under the FFDCAct. The issue in this case was about the reviewability by SCOTUS of the (action or) inaction of an executive agency when mandated by a Federal Statute.

In Heckler, SCOTUS said that the executive agency's decision (to act or) NOT to institute proceedings WILL be reviewed by SCOTUS. One of the exceptions to SCOTUS review is an agency's refusal to institute investigative or enforcement proceedings, UNLESS Congress has indicated otherwise. Congress did not set agencies free to disregard legislative direction in the statutory scheme that the agency administers. Finally, SCOTUS left up to CONGRESS, not the courts, the decision as to whether an agency's refusal to institute proceedings should be judicially reviewable.

So, SCOTUS would easily review POTUS abuse of his executive powers and overturn his actions putting at risk the lives of 11million immigrants and the passing of CIR. In a concurring opinion by Justice Marshall, it was said that SCOTUS will review failures of an agency to act (eg: stay all deportations, etc) with an appropriate deference to an agency's legitimate need to set policy through the allocation of scarce budgetary and enforcement resources. In order for POTUS pass the review by SCOTUS, it would have demonstrated that DHS does not have the money or the man power to continue with the deportations. Finally, keep in mind that Congress is the one that sets the budget for DHS and sets the quota of deportation it must meet in order to receive funding from Congress.

-WashPost: How CIR failed over and over again because of the GOP

-PolitiFACT: Killing the bill, or making it better? (2007 Senator Obama's vote)

-NYTimes: CIR bill declared dead on arrival by GOP (2009)

-PolitiFACT: The truth about Pres Obama's "promise" of CIR (2008)

-TheHill: GOP opposes CIR (2010)

-ThinkProgress: GOP derail Immigration Reform (2009) 

-TheHuffPost: GOP's Immigration Reform Blockade

-TheHill: Election 2014 and the GOP opposition to Immigration Reform

-Reuters: Republican controlled Congress keeps detention quota

-PolitiFact: Can the President Stop ALL deportations?

-Politifact: Marco Rubio fears Obama can legalize ALL undocumented immigrants

-The Letter from the Professors here.

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Women, Hispanic and Independent Voters Remember Republican Speaker John Boehner's Shameful Thanksgiving Infomercial Video As Ohio Farm Bureau Suffers For Ag Workers and Immigrant Fasting

POSTED ON
November 29

Women and Mexican American / Latino voters will remember Thanksgiving 2013 as one where Speaker John Boehner enjoyed a hearty meal while immigration activists fasted over the Holiday.  We have the votes but Boehner will not the broken immigration system topic on the floor this year.  Ohio competitive districts will feel the consequences this year and activists are already organizing to help oust the do nothing GOPers in the key Presidential state of Ohio with regard to Districts run by Reps. Bill Johnson and Dave Joyce.

Women and Mexican American / Latino voters will remember Thanksgiving 2013 as one where Speaker John Boehner enjoyed a hearty meal while immigration activists fasted over the Holiday. We have the votes but Boehner will not put the broken immigration system topic on the floor this year. Ohio competitive districts will feel the consequences this year and activists are already organizing to help oust the do nothing GOPers in the key Presidential state of Ohio with regard to Districts run by Reps. Bill Johnson and Dave Joyce.

 

Speaker John Boehner is not only distasteful, he is shameful with his Thanksgiving infomercial claiming his appreciation for the ag industry.  Yet in his own backyard, the Ohio Farm Bureau is pleading for fixing the broken immigration system.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi stated we have the votes to pass CIR in the House of Reps, but Rep. John Boehner is blocking a vote from happening.  Instead, he took a 10 day Thanksgiving break and he is responsible for scheduling  Washington DC House of Reps to work only 8 days in December after working only 2 weeks in November 2013.  American taxpayers are paying these Congressional Tea Party fools over 75 million dollars per year for their six-figure per year incomes to give themselves extended Holiday breaks while farmers and Americans suffer.

On 11-7-2013, the Ohio Farm Bureau wrote:

Short Handed: Inaction on immigration reform hampers Ohio farms

“We have a choice in this country,” said the Huron County Farm Bureau member. “We’re either going to have to import workers or we’re going to have to import food.”

It’s a claim that has received its fair share of skepticism.

Certainly there can’t be a labor shortage in a county with an 11 percent unemployment rate. Can there?

They Walked Away

In Buurma’s words, he’s tried everything to hire local people.

“They go out there and they don’t last an hour,” he said. “Even though they’re making good money.”

His workers typically earn between $11 to $15 per hour. The best pickers have pulled in more than $1,000 for a week’s labor. FULL STORY>>>

Boehner has the audacity to invoke the agricultural farm worker card over the Thanksgiving 2013 holiday, and evidently he didn’t get the memo with regard to indigenous Mexican immigrants working those farms. More importantly, BOWMAN, Kenneth who co-founded  Bowman and Landes Turkey Farm in Ohio was a leader in several poultry industry associations, Farm Bureau and more.

 

To the Hispanic / Women voters:  When you see this video….turn your hurt and depression into working righteous anger. Convert that energy and continue to be a voice for the voiceless ones who can’t vote and defend themselves. But those of us who can vote — should and will.  We need to come out in record numbers in 2014 and vote the tea party out if they do not pass immigration in 2013.  They are a do nothing House of Representative Congress made up of extremist tea party bigots.

We have also criticized Speaker John Boehner, too, of Ohio but where is the Ohio GOP leadership?  What good does it do the Ohio GOP when Matt Borges and Kay Reynolds turn a blind eye to a key opportunity to retain seats in their competitive districts?  According to theWashington Post, history has shown that no Republican has ever been elected to the White House without Ohio.

The Ohio GOP will be on the hook, too, in light of their lack of leadership in supporting and encouraging Speaker Boehner to support immigration reform this year.  If Boehner and the Ohio GOP do not create a public sense of urgency, this could cost a couple of their competitive districts via OH-6 and OH-14, because we will remind women, Hispanic and independent voters how the current immigration system is rated as “very important” by 70% of voters in these Ohio districts, yet, Boehner did not think it was important to him.

How will the Ohio GOP leadership explain to the voters how one of their own via Speaker Boeher could have solved a broken immigration system in 2013 but chose not to?

Looks like the Ohio GOP needs to look at a recent November 2013 memo provided by the Basswood Research regarding NATIONAL GENERAL ELECTION POLL ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES  IN REPUBLICAN-HELD COMPETITIVE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.

According to the research findings, inaction by GOP in swing districts will more than likely cost them their seats.   Since its founding in 2001,Basswood Research has conducted survey research in every state and in hundreds of congressional districts and local communities. Its founder and principal, Jon Lerner, has been recognized by Roll Call, National Journal, the Washington Post and others as one of the leading Republican pollsters in the nation. Basswood has helped elect more than two dozen U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, and Governors, including leading conservatives such as Senators Tom Coburn, Pat Toomey, and Tim Scott. It has served as pollster for leading conservative advocacy groups such as the Club for Growth. And it has conducted surveys for the national Republican Party committees at the RGA, the NRSC, and the NRCC.

Here is what the memo states:

 

Methodology

On November 2-3, 2013, Basswood Research conducted a survey of likely general election voters in 20 congressional districts. These districts are widely viewed as the 20 most competitive ones currently held by Republican incumbents. The districts surveyed were: CA-10, CA-21, CO-6, FL-2, FL-10, IA-3, IL-13, IN-2, MI-1, MI-7, MI-11, MN-2, NE-2, NV-3, NY-11, NY-19, NY-23, OH-6, OH-14, PA-8. The survey was conducted by live professional interviewers by telephone. The overall sample size was 1000, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%, at a 95% confidence interval. Each district contributed 50 interviews to the sample; as such, data in individual districts is much less reliable.

Key Findings

• Voters in key Republican districts are highly dissatisfied with political leadership in Washington across-the-board.

President Obama’s job approval rating is poor, with 41% approving and 58% disapproving. “Democrats in Congress” fare even worse, with 34% approving, and 63% disapproving. But it is “Republicans in Congress” who are in the worst shape in these Republican districts, with 27% approving and 70% disapproving of their job performance.

• Voters in key Republican districts want action on immigration reform.

Fixing the current immigration system is rated as “very important” by 70% of voters in these districts. An additional 23% rate action on immigration reform as “somewhat important.” Only 5% rate immigration reform as either “not very important” or “not at all important.”

• Voters prefer an imperfect immigration solution to no solution.

When given a choice between leaving the current immigration system the way it is, and “passing new laws that are not perfect, but do attempt to fix the serious flaws in the current system,” voters choose imperfect solutions over the status quo by a massive 77%-15% margin. That includes 67% of voters who consider themselves “very conservative,” and 72% of registered or affiliated Republicans.

The major elements of the comprehensive immigration reform proposals being considered in Congress have widespread support in these key Republican districts.

E-Verify: 80% support; 13% oppose

Dream Act: 78% support; 16% oppose

Earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented: 71% support; 21% oppose

Increasing fines for employers who hire 72% support; 23% oppose

Undocumented immigrants:

Increasing border patrol and border fencing: 67% support; 24% oppose

Increasing high tech legal immigration: 62% support; 30% oppose

• The combination of enhanced border security and pathway to citizenship represents a consensus position.

When presented with three options regarding the interconnection between border security to prevent future illegal immigration and citizenship for those who are presently in the country and undocumented, the following responses were found:

17% oppose a pathway to citizenship under all circumstances;

26% favor a pathway to citizenship even without any increase in border security;

50% favor a pathway to citizenship if it also includes substantially increased border security.

76% favor a pathway to citizenship, with or without enhanced border security.

• The partisan composition of these 20 districts favors Republicans.

By party registration/affiliation, respondents in this survey were 39% Republican, 35% Democratic, and 23% Independent. The generic party preference for Congress was +6.7 points Republican.

What does this mean for Mexican American Hispanic Voters and the Latino Community?

It could mean Republicans in the House of Representatives will lose their power and majority seats in 2014 possibly getting a sweeter deal with a combined Democratic-controlled House and Senate. 

 

 

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