Hispanic Voter: We’re Not a Prize
This is precisely, and a lot of people — I’m not saying everybody who is interested in immigration reform is this way, but I’m gonna tell you, the vast majority of politicians who are focused on this are purely seeing votes. That’s exactly what you are. You are a pawn or you’re to be used. You’ve been objectified, let’s put it that way. As an Hispanic, you’ve been stigmatized. You’re unfairly treated, that’s the assumption, and we’ve gotta go overboard to treat you fairly, but it is about your vote.
The question has often been asked in recent years, “Why do immigrants come here anymore?” It used to be, without question, without any debate, immigration, people that emigrated here sought freedom. They sought freedom from oppression where they lived. They simply wanted to be free, they wanted liberty, and they wanted to be Americans, and they wanted to come here and assimilate and become part of the United States of America. That’s not so much the case, certainly not universally anymore. Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute, number of others have done academic research on this, and they have found that, in terms of Hispanic immigrants, voting Democrat, has nothing to do with immigration policy. It’s all about the fact they believe in government as the source of prosperity. And that’s what the Democrat Party loves. They want people thinking government’s the source of prosperity. I think the number was astounding.
If I remember right, in the Heather Mac Donald piece, 75% of the Hispanic vote for the Democrat Party is not about immigration; it’s about their belief. It may be a little bit strong to say they’re voting for the welfare state, but they certainly believe that government is the source of prosperity. They believe in it. They believe in the party of government. A lot of Republicans seem to think that it’s still all about liberty and freedom and being the best you can be and escaping oppression. And it is for some. But it’s not universal anymore. Certainly not as it used to be. David, thanks much.