There has been a lot of controversy over the Immigration Laws within the past several years, resulting in drama from federal law suits to mass media headlines, the election of CA and NM governors to the re-election of President Obama with the help of the majority of the Latino community . Among the political strategies aimed at Latino voters was Spanish translation of campaign commercials and Youtube videos, and Spanish document translation for signs and billboards about Immigration laws. We posted the Spanish translation of President Obama’s campaign video for the Latino and Spanish speaking community back in September - but for those of you who may have missed it, here it is again:
Recognized primarily in hindsight, the Republican party severely underestimated the strength of the Latino vote, and the GOP policies on immigration certainly affected their loss. In a recent poll conducted by InterMedia-Latino, while immigration laws were not the top deciding factor, over two-thirds of polled Latino voters said the Republican party’s perspectives and policies on immigration was a deterrent for them, and certainly played into voting for Obama. Likewise, polled voters also responded much more to Obama’s campaign than they did to Romney’s. More than 70% of polled Latino voters said they believe Obama truly cares about them, and close to the same number of polled voters said they feel that the Romney campaign was hostile toward Latino communities and immigrants – whether legal or illegal.
For those that aren’t familiar, the S.B. 1070 Immigration Law in Arizona state and proposed in many other Mexican-bordering states in the U.S. – allows for law enforcement to stop, question, and demand proof of legal status from anyone who looks suspicious. To many legal Latino residents in Arizona, that meant “anyone Mexican and/or Latino is a suspect of being an illegal immigrant, and can be questioned at length, any time for any reason.” Talk about state legalized racial harrassment – no wonder Obama filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona. Yet the Romney campaign had to “examine” – why in the world would the Latino community so heavily support Obama, and give him only a scant 15% of their votes (and 14% probably lived or grew up in Idaho).
While the Obama administration opposed Arizona’s self-legislation on a constitutionally federal issue by filing a federal suit, the Spanish-speaking Latino community did not need a Spanish translation Youtube video to see and feel the Republican opposition - opposition to proposed legalization of illegal immigrants who want opportunity – not hand-outs; and the general GOP attitude that flatly communicates ”just deport them.” It will be interesting to see how the GOP plans to coax the Latino community into forgiving and forgetting…. and forking over their votes.