I went over to Reince Priebus' Facebook Page to see why the Republican Party is avoiding the No. 1 issue that is important to the Mexican American Latino Voter -- the legal immigration reform issue. I did a bit of perusing and discovered he has not mentioned the immigration issue since 12 July 2013. In fact, the Republican Party has been trying to avoid the large elephant in the room. The GOP will discuss Syria, Obamacare and everything else under the sun while avoiding what is most important to the people they claim to want to do some outreach with.
Let me be clear, both Parties need to understand that they cannot take advantage of our vote. Mexican-Americans make up of almost 70% of the entire Latin population pie and we are the key swing voters.
We will be paying attention to politicians in 2014 and 2016 with regard to their actions on immigration reform. According to a 2012 USA Today/Gallup poll and POLITICO: “A slight majority of Hispanics in the country, 51 percent, identify as politically independent, according to the survey released Monday. About a third, 32 percent, consider themselves Democrats, while just 11 percent say they are Republicans.”
51% politically independent Mexican American Chicano / Latino voters equate to a key swing vote.
And while the RNC Chairman criticizes Obama on immigration (even though Obama has promised to sign a fair and reasonable immigration bill) I see no real leadership from the RNC Chairman and/or House Republicans after the Senate passed a historic legal immigration bill via the Gang of Eight.
We will be keeping track of the RNC Chairman and the signals and direction he is sending. Right now we see him avoiding immigration, and his lack of leadership on such which probably has to do a lot with the Tea Party stronghold he cannot seem to defeat.
Immigration is a federal issue -- thus it must be solved by Congress. House Republican Representatives are dragging their feet to fix the broken immigration system. Last I checked -- Obama isn't King ... he is the President and Congress should all work together to fix this tough issue. We know immigration policy is protected by the Supremacy Clause of our United States Constitution, and Congress has a responsibility to address this tough issue. The 2013 Legal immigration reform bill is a major step forward in securing our Nation because only after everyone is registered and documented will we know who is in our Nation and where we can find them. We know that once we fix the broken immigration system, and once we document all immigrants — then they can feel safe to help law enforcement agencies to target criminal activity without the fear of deportation when they report suspicious activity to the law enforcement authorities. Therefore, bringing the immigrants out of the shadows will only strengthen our Nation’s security.