The Mexican American Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in the Nation and certainly in the southwest. Interestingly enough the area we are growing in occupies where Mormons have built their LDS temples. I have been receiving increasing readership and dialogue with regard to the Mormon stories I have been writing about below:
Now make no mistake, we are just as critical of the Catholic Church when a group of us protested Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the Catholic Church in Fountain Hills that ultimately prevented him and his wife from going to church (probably spare them embarrassment from a Church that preaches to "love thy neighbor"). That said, we decided to score the 17 Mormons in Congress utilizing a piece written by the Utah Deseret News. For those of you who may not know ... Utah is essentially the mecca of Mormonism with their beautifully built Church located in Salt Lake City, and I find it odd how the Utah Compact really didn't have any traction with the Utah Mormon House of Representatives when all of them did not vote in favor of the DREAM Act in 2010.
We decided to track and score the 17 Mormons in the below diagram:
Our star Mormons serving in Congress? Senators Harry Reid and Tom Udall. But let me be clear, Mexican American Latino registered voters also saved Reid's position during the 2010 election cycle. We are more forgiving of Senators Orrin Hatch Jeff Flake and Dean Heller who voted against the DREAM Act in 2010 but voted for a bipartisan and more comprehensive 2013 immigration bill. (Thank you Senators Hatch, Flake and Heller!)
Analyzing the above Mormons in Congress .... I'm going to have to conclude that these below Mormon U.S. House of Representatives and Senators really do not care about the Utah Compact with regard to healthy discussions on immigration (with Rep. Matt Salmon being a coin toss):
Rep. Wally Herger
Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon
Sen. Mike Crapo
Rep. Michael Simpson
Rep. Raúl Labrador
Sen. Mike Lee
Rep. Jim Matheson
Rep. Rob Bishop
Rep. Jason Chaffetz
Rep. Chris Stewart
*Note: Rep. Eni Faleomavaega is a non voting Democrat and gives his voice in committees. He really doesn't have any power to vote regarding immigration on the 'floor' right now but he advocates via CAPAC (caucus).
The above excel spreadsheet tells Mexican American Latinos that the Mormon Church leadership and the signals they send are not as effective as they wish it could be with regard to the Utah Compact. There appears to be a breakdown in the LDS Church some where, and we hope to see stronger, humanitarian and compassionate actions from the Mormon House of Representatives (particularly in Utah and in Arizona where Mormon temples are built) that will emulate the actions of conservatives like Senators Jeff Flake and Dean Heller.
Chicano, Mexican American voters are tired of the immigration issue. We want it to be fixed by Congress and in a bipartisanship fashion and move on to other things but it is hard to do when Grandma and Grandpa are crying over the hurt when they see relatives who are forced into detention for working at fast food restaurants.
As a key swing independent registered voter (formerly a Republican) and a woman who served my country in the Armed Forces, I can reassure you that I will not rest on this immigration issue since we vowed we would not allow Joaquin Luna Jr.'s death to go in vain. He was one of ours and our hearts still mourn for him.