Hispanic vote a decisive factor in 2012 election
Immigration policy makes the difference at the polls
- Duration 5:38
- Date Dec 3, 2012
Immigration policy makes the difference at the polls
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Into that voted for George W.
Bush won 44%.
Of the Latino vote.
This year Mitt Romney got a measly 28%.
If he had gotten even 35%.
He would've won the popular vote Mitt Romney and may be the presidential election.
So for the first time it can be said conclusively.
But probably -- the last time the Latino vote was decisive in this election.
Bearing that in mind here is Craig with the senior Latino senator Bob Menendez Democrat of new jurors.
I think what was incredible -- -- to see.
A significant increase in Latino turnout.
Senator Menendez when you learn that the Hispanic vote was the deciding factor in this presidential election -- -- -- react.
Was saw it coming of age you know this community has grown so dramatically in our country serves in the armed forces of the united states of many many wars.
Contributed economically but finally here was the constantly referred to sleeping giant awakening.
He awakened giant was enormous 71% of the vote making the difference in states like Florida Virginia New Mexico and Colorado.
And all exit polling saying the difference was immigration policy and the ugly rhetoric attached to it which affected citizens and non citizen alike.
The Republican Party didn't understand.
That even for all of us who are United States citizens of the community.
Knows someone who is a relative and neighbor a friend.
Who is on document.
And they've shared it's sense of that -- they looked at it as I often call them to do as a civil rights issue of their time.
The because at the end of the day when you have US citizens.
And legal permanent residents being unlawfully detained in immigration raids you feel like you're a second class.
So the DREAM Act has been floating around for years Republicans introduced the achieve act.
Yet that Hispanic caucus rejected that.
Why the problem with the achieve acted doesn't achieve the dream.
The dream is.
To take -- young people who came here through no choice of their own their parents bought them.
Who only flag they recognize -- pledge allegiance to -- the United States.
Whose only National Anthem they -- a star spangled -- only country they know is their countries the United States.
It's supposed to be a pathway.
Towards -- Permanent residency in this country -- thought this issue for so long do you think that can be a bipartisan solution.
You know for the first time in many years I am cautiously optimistic.
There is a working group of eight senators for Republicans four Democrats.
A similar working group is being put together in the house -- -- -- Republicans and Democrats.
The president believe will use political capital to make this happen.
The Republicans as a party must clearly read.
With the TVs and the results of the election and understand that we need to think about this in a different way.
Both Ronald Reagan and George W.
Bush -- Latinos as natural Republicans socially conservative family and church oriented.
But since the coming up the Tea Party Latinos have been turned off to the GOP.
Why it's harsh and sometimes extreme rhetoric on border control and immigration.
Now as -- all the -- in his 2008.
If Latinos continue turning out and voting democratic at the same rate there may never be another Republican president.
Got a copy of it from -- though and it was set -- but it it was where.
We're already beginning to see the reality it's in the national interest of the United States to the national security interest of the United States.
It's in the national economic interest of the United States.
To achieve comprehensive immigration reform.
Greg joins us live and Craig especially where you are not all -- Latinos are Democrat.
That's right -- ought not all Latinos -- Democrats were here in.
The -- cigar lounge and iron down district of New York which is about.
13 Latino in not Peter -- is a third generation Cuban.
A traditional Republican who thinks the DREAM Act kids should go to the back -- line went back.
Well everybody then that's done that's legally they waited their time.
They that the process paid their fines and they are patiently waiting for the turn trans now what type of message are you sending.
To the people that did it legally.
You know why don't you do the right way get to the back of the line.
Back on line OK so there are the Republicans here but they disagree with Peter's opinion.
How you're an immigration attorney what what is your that your.
I mean Peter -- this a lot but basically the same way that an asylum was open.
Fully -- to be able to be processing comfortable something a new system has to come into effect and that's what the American DREAM Act is done it's a process where.
These students and immigrants become.
Legal in this country can do what they need to do more for this and we didn't -- we came to this country and their other people you voted.
He voted for Obama.
Yes I am for this and I believe that -- -- -- allowed these dreamers to make such a positive contribution to the economy it does content.
-- so gasoline opinions very is much is the difference cigars -- that make here in Jimenez tobacco back here or in decades ago.