Are Dems Willing to Listen, Now?

One of the best excuses used by Democratic operatives when asked about bringing out the Latino vote during all of this anti-immigrant turmoil was a polling “fact” that said immigration polled at the bottom of the Latino electorate’s most important issues.

Obviously, the economy, education, health care have been at the top, but when one is attacked, one defends.  Is it any wonder why this blogger (for some silly reason) expected the Democrats to not only defend from Republican hate, but push for comprehensive immigration reform throughout the 2nd half of this year?

Obviously, Democrats from President Obama down to the lowly non-Latino Democratic precinct chair have not really wanted the issue as part of the overall 2010 agenda–other than to say “we’re” being tough, or worse, agreeing with the right wing’s lies surrounding immigration and even supporting the racist Arizona racial profiling law.

Well, the L.A. Times reported on a recent poll that now has immigration as one of the top issues of the Latino electorate.  Yes, when one is attacked, one does defend.

Latinos now view immigration as their leading concern along with the economy in what activists say is a major shift most likely driven by controversy over Arizona’s tough law against illegal immigrants.

Nearly a third of Latinos also believe that racism and prejudice are the central issue in the immigration debate, over national security, job competition and costs of public services for illegal immigrants, according to a national survey released Wednesday.

And it’s not just Latino Democrats.

The poll found that the vast majority of those surveyed strongly opposed the new Arizona law and strongly supported an immigration policy overhaul providing for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and deportation of felons. Republican Latinos showed similar views on these issues as Democrats and independents.

OK–Democrats, who’s in charge and why aren’t you leading on this issue during the 2010 campaign? If ever the opportunity existed to not only bring Latinos that vote completely to our side and to the polls, but include those who aren’t avid voters but are paying attention, this is it.

And in the Texas Governor’s race, Rick Perry still leads Bill White by 9 points. It’s time for what seems to be the silver bullet.

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