- Oct 6, 2018
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- Vienna, VA (via Lafayette)
The post mortem is that we need to stop treating the latino vote as if it is a singular voting bloc that cares about the same set of core values.
There's a subset of latinos in TX that despise illegal immigration because they went through the legal channels, spent $$$ on immigration lawyers, etc to become legal citizens whereas they feel illegal immigrants skipped to the front of the line to get in. These care more about illegal immigration than they do care about social programs etc.
There's a subset of millenial aged latino voters that carry the same set of values as most other millenial/progressive voters, MFA, DACA, Student Loan Debt, etc...
There's a subset that is devoutly religious and are against what they perceive as the left's obsession w/ abortion, and other "amoral" lifestyles
There's a subset that run small businesses that saw that the shutdown adversely affected them personally...they want the economy opened up and back to pre-covid now, human cost be damned
There are other subsets as well...anti socialist, and so on, but my point is that you might not be able to satisfy all but you need to understand that each group has different values and there is a way to be against illegal immigration without being for what can be argued as "open borders", you can be for social programs without parading around calling yourself a "Democratic Socialist", there's a way to argue for a woman's right to choose without sounding as if you're some sort of abortion addicted thingy.
Incoherent babbling aside, maybe it's just the flaming moderate in me that sees that every issue isn't a zero sum game where I have to have 100% of what I want and you get nothing or vice versa...there is a happy medium, and this applies across all demographic groups. You can be for immigration - and against amnesty abuse, you can be for better policing without being all "defund the police"-ish...and so on.
You're onto something about the illegal immigration thing. While my wife is Asian, she went through all of the legal processes to become a legal citizen which was a years long process. Since becoming a naturalized citizen, she gets aggravated when hearing about illegals trying to get in the country. She thinks they should all go through the same process she did and feels like shortcuts do a disservice to those going through the proper channels to become citizens.
So obviously that affects how she votes in elections.