it should come as no surprise that when it comes to matters of policy — on immigration, trade or bilingual education — Latino voters have a different point of departure than non-voting Latinos.
Hispanic political power is growing, just not as fast as one might expect from the population numbers. Moreover, as Latinos become a more prominent political presence, what we hear from them may not be what people expect.
I don’t know what “people” expect (or, for that matter, who are the “people” Mr. Suro speaks about), but I know that, as a Hispanic woman, I don’t vote for anyone just because
a. they are Hispanic
b. they support “the perceived economic interests of the largely working-class Latino voters”, whoever those might be.
Additionally, I believe that
1. In-state tuition status for illegal aliens is wrong.
2. Immigrants have the duty to assimilate. The duty, as in moral obligation.
3. Bilingualism should go hand-in-hand with learning American values. Bilingualism as of itself is not acculturation.
4. The liberal mindset of the vicitimized minority is an empty premise.
Candidates trying to second-guess what an ethnic group will want will only become panderers, and I don’t vote for panderers, thank you.
I vote for candidates who I believe best represent my goals as an individual, and, on the national sphere, will best defend the Constitution and our country.
Simple as that.