The "Hispanic Vote" myth

One of the myths propagated by open borders advocates and their enablers is that there's a monolithic "Hispanic Vote" and that the GOP needs immigration "reform" to get that vote.

First, take a look at these three articles: "Bush Didn't Win 44% of Hispanic Vote - The Smoking Exit Poll", "Hispanic Republicans – A Media Myth", and "Discredited Hispanic Vote Share Myth Goes Marching On At RNC", and this comment (

Now, let's take a look at the "thoughts" of the Bush-Cheney 2004 webmaster:

It flies in the face of all the conventional wisdom dictating that we [the GOP] don't stand a chance with first-generation Hispanic immigrants... And mind you, this is among Puerto Ricans, traditionally the most Democratic of Hispanics. This is something that needs to be kept in mind during the coming immigration reform debate.

In a way, it's not fair to point out that some minor cog in the Bush-Cheney juggernaut doesn't know that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens and have no need for immigration "reform". But, it does help illustrate that those pushing this line don't know what they're talking about. (Or, that they're corrupt and are just opening the borders because they're paid to do so and they're hiding behind the vote thing as a smokescreen to what they really want.)

The "Hispanic vote" would seem to be divisible into various categories, just like people of other races: some would be left, some right. And, just as you wouldn't confuse the Italians with the Lituanians, they have different countries of origin. Even if we (incorrectly of course) assume that all people with the same country of origin think alike, should we assume that Cubans think the same way as Mexicans or that Argentinians think the same way as Brazilians? No, that's false as well.

Now, let's examine that thoughts of someone who attended the National Council of La Raza convention:

"I think [the GOP is] very opposed to opening the border"

The speaker's family is from Mexico. Should the GOP really pander to someone who attends a convention from that far-left, Ford Foundation-sponsored group? What if the GOP gives her her wish? Won't that result in more people with "family from Mexico" coming in? And, won't that lead to more people who want to "open the border"? And, won't the GOP pander to that even larger number of people by opening the border? Where does it stop? About 40% of Mexico's current population would like to move to the U.S. Should we allow all of them to come here?

And, do we really want people in the U.S. who want to open the border? Do we really want people who want a race-based immigration policy, just as long as that policy favors their race?

Should the GOP support a race-based immigration policy? Should the GOP give in to the wish of one race to surround themselves with more people of the same race?

Perhaps those who are pushing this meme should determine just how far down the road paved by the Democrats they want to go.

And, it doesn't stop with the points above. This meme is incorrect in other ways as well:

"Politicians Snub Latinos' Real Wishes"

Poll: Texans believe illegal immigration is a serious problem

Florida poll: 2/3 oppose amnesty, 3/4 oppose driver's licenses for illegal aliens

El Paso poll: no driver's licenses for illegal aliens

47% of Arizona Hispanics supported Proposition 200

52% of California Hispanics supported Prop. 187 two months before the vote


Representing aggressive minority demands is what the democrats do, and continually lose by doing. They would like nothing better than that the moderate right compete with them for the vote that they cater to in a way that causes democrats to lose. Republicans would also like the democrats to compete with them to win the favor of big corporations, but the democrats know better. The potential vote against illegal immigration, affirmative action and such policies, is a swing vote of dozens of times the size of Bush's hispanic support. Bush has no image reason to be soft on imigration now; not since the NYT has definitively called him a racist in its lead editorial of 9-25-05, entitled: Hard Bigotry of No Expectations. Bush didn't need much more than an error factor of latino votes in 2004, if that.