Imagine That: Just 4 Percent of Unauthorized Latino Immigrants Say They're Republicans

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Hardly any unauthorized Latino immigrants in this country say they identify with the Republican Party.

According to the Pew Research Center, Latinos who are either foreign-born U.S. citizens or permanent residents aren't much more likely to be Republicans, either.

Pew took a look at a common claim that providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million unauthorized immigrants, many of them Latino, will create many more Democratic voters than Republican voters.

That claim appears to have some basis in reality.

Just 4 percent of unauthorized Latinos polled by Pew last year say they "identify" with the Republican Party, compared to 31 percent for Democrats.

Latino permanent residents also favored the Democratic Party, 49-8. Foreign-born U.S. citizens chose the Democratic Party over the Republican Party by a 54-11 margin.

If you take into account the Latinos who said they don't identify with a particular party but do "lean" more toward one, then the unauthorized Latinos side more with Republicans than those who have legal status in the United States -- which might not make a whole lot of sense, from the common-sense perspective.

"This current snapshot shows that unauthorized Hispanic immigrants also lean more Democratic than Republican -- though to a lesser degree than Hispanic immigrants who are currently eligible to vote," Pew's analysis says. "And it's uncertain whether these unauthorized immigrants, many of whom are currently unaffiliated, would adopt similar political affiliations and voting patterns if given the chance to naturalize."

If you had to bet, you might want to gamble that they will, considering that some Republicans don't take too kindly to immigrants.

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tiafeliz2012
tiafeliz2012

Latinos legal or not don't vote repub because they don't buy the "family values" slogan and all the lies, hypocrisy and manure the GOP sells. They know the GOP is all about money, hate and tax cuts for the rich. The 4% that would vote for repubs are nuts. It doesn't matter if repubs kill immigration reform or not because GOPers  are TOAST anyway. RIP GOP !!! SIGNED LATINOS hahaha

wtf....
wtf....

Latinos used to identified themselves more with the Republican party back in the day...until it was hijacked by the old white angry mob (Tea Party) 

Comanche_Moon
Comanche_Moon

Who"s giving me my sh!t free? That's who I'm voting for.

NormanShayet
NormanShayet

From what I've seen, that supposed 4% should belong "mostly "to immigrants with low education, confused and brainwashed some,also hard core Catholics.Some of them end up working for MLM companies like Herbalife, Melaleuca and others; In Melaleuca, specially,  they are brainwashed into the founder's thinking; the end result is very odd, a mix of undocumented/tea party "patriot"

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Just as baffling are the Republicans who fanatically support Arpaio even though only TWO, that's 2, employers have been sanctioned in the 5 years the Employer Sanctions Law has been in effect. Unfucking believable.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

I find this COMPLETELY baffling. The Obama administration has deported more people than any Republican administration. There is a disconnect between reality and image. This is as bad as a twice divorced person opposing same sex marriage. Some people real have shit for brains.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Hispanics, like blacks, tend to be conservative when it comes to social issues. Spain and its former colonies gave the world the concept of machismo, which mixed with Catholicism, causes them to traditionally take a dim view of homosexuality. And since the GOTP is the anti-gay party, its not terribly surprising that some illegals might identify with it for that particular reason.

hapstone2
hapstone2

Well the hell if I was getting "free" tacos at Taco Bell - I'd go there too - however when Taco Bell sends me the bill - and they will -might not be quite so supportive. I don't think that part being clearly explained. The Dems are a sort of  "white coyote" - they get ya there and up the price knowing ya can't go back.   

Now the question is why are the Dem's do heavily invested in defective Mexican - they aren't the same quality as the regular Mexicans - because the regular Mexicans aren't leaving Mexico ... well they aren't leaving w/o passports and visas so they can return. 

So I guess the question is what's wrong with these these Mexicans that Mexico doesn't want them.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

I didn't know "unauthorized immigrants" could register to vote.  Is there some other form that asks a person their political affiliation other than a voter ID card?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

So what they've found is that people who want the government to give them things they haven't earned are more likely to want a Democrat in office than a Republican.


Who could have guessed?


JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

I suspect that a big reason for that is because the Republican party is seen (and rightly so) as antagonistic towards Latinos.  If you remove that antagonism, and the Republican party were to embrace Latinos, I suspect that there would be a lot of commonality between Republican "family values" and traditional Latino values and you might see very different numbers.  But the numbers are going to stay where they are as long as the Republican party remains antagonistic and openly hostile towards Latinos.

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

@NormanShayet Melaleuca sells some great products. You should try them sometime. 

It is always a persons choice to follow, or change...

tiafeliz2012
tiafeliz2012

@jonnyquest Repubs against the undocumented: Sheriff Joe, Jan Brewer, Mitt Rmoney, Kris Kobach, Rep. Steven King, Tom Tancredo, Herman Cain, Michele Bachman, Sara Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, etc. These repubs insult the undocumented almost all the time. You reap what you sow.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

...really have shit for brains.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@royalphoenix Somebody who cared enough to spend thousands to compile the data, that's who. At least they weren't spending your tax dollars.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

@hapstone2 I have a good friend who is a dentist in Churubusco Mexico (suburb of MC), she has a visa and uses it regularly. She does not want to live in the USA.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Well, I guess if you wanted to understand why undocumented aliens think that conservatives are hostile to them, I guess being called a "defective Mexican," and the whole warped thought process behind it, would be one reason.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Or it means that they are responding to the hostility and bigotry demonstrated by most of the Republican party as anyone would respond to that type of hostility and bigotry - meaning that they really are human.

hapstone2
hapstone2

@JohnQ.Public  well - that's one take - the republicans have asked for visa/passport and limited legal entry  ... gee that's verify antagonistic. It's seems to be working in their birth country .. There few here who would dash down and start throwing their weight around bitching about stuff - because they'd be found on the US side of the fence with their d**ks cut off ... now why is that?  I don't think there is an accurate translation given to them - and somebody is making money off them or it would as point out - hell that's MY team over there. 

NormanShayet
NormanShayet

@Eleanor_Holguin @NormanShayet  I heard some of the products are not too shabby, some of friends use them, however I'm not going to fill the already huge coffers of Mr. Vandersloot , a huge contributor to extreme right wing causes, not to mention less than honest business practices. He is the kind that if he lived in AZ, He would have already sued New Times.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Tia querida, you're right. Many Republicans are racist trash. All those people you listed are idiots. I can't stand Arpaio. I have NEVER voted for him. I have picketed his appearances. I signed and carried the recall petition. But listen, the Democrats had control when Bill Clinton was President. Did they do anything for Latinos then. NO!!! No immigration reform, nothing. Obama has and is continuing to deport more undocumented THAN ANY OTHER ADMINISTRATION!!! They don't have to do that. If you are going to support Democrats, remember that you're dancing with the devil. And sooner or later you're going to get burned.

hapstone2
hapstone2

@royalphoenix I worked in Mexico Royal main office in Hermosillo ... yes I am sure shes does - we of course had work permits  --- so they are not that hard to get as is suggested - why not get them. End the hassle. 

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The response is understandable. But they are responding to a manufactured image, not reality. The Obama administration has deported more people than any Republican administration.

hapstone2
hapstone2

@JohnQ.Public 

Hostility and bigotry is your issue you are hanging your hat and that - OK read my post below and then explain to me - the hostility and bigotry they met in Mexico on their way north ...in Mexico ... the question stands what wrong with these Mexicans that they are methodically driven from their homeland ...

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

And I present hapstone2's comments above as exhibit A.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Are you kidding me?  You're the one who used the phrase "defective Mexican" - which if I were Latino I suspect that I'd find incredibly offensive and hostile.  Your comment, which seems to me to be endemic of the comments that come from the right side of the political spectrum are why, in my opinion, Latinos identify more with the Democrats than the Republicans.  I didn't call you any name - I simply pointed out that the language you used in your comment is likely the reason that Latinos find the Republican party to be hostile to them.  And you are a poop head so nanee nanee boo boo (is that how that is spelled - never actually written that before).

hapstone2
hapstone2

@JohnQ.Public Yeah I that's pretty much the standard mantra reminiscent of 5th 6th grad e- you're a poop head kind of way  :o))

tiafeliz2012
tiafeliz2012

@JohnQ.Public The hateful rethoric is just a reflection of the policy. The "Southern Strategy" is coming to an end thanks to demographics. Who would have known?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Thanks for setting out your thoughts in a way that is more articulate and understandable than in your initial post.  I don't necessarily disagree with much of what you wrote with the exception of "regulated re-entry and proper procedure is all the Repubs have asked for."  While that may be what many of the Republicans are seeking, thera are plenty of Republicans that seem to be seeking outright ethnic cleansing of all Latinos and/or Hispanics.  Also, the rhetoric from the Republicans is hostile and antagonistic and plays to the xenophobic wing within their base, even from those whose underlying desire may be reasonable public policy.  I am opposed to illegal or undocumented entry into the US and believe strongly the the right to control who enters a country's borders is part and parcel of a country's sovereignty .  A country that forfeits the right to control entry has forfeited a big part of its sovereignty.  I don't, however, use pejorative or bigoted language to discuss Mexican or Latin American immigrants as part of the discussion which, unfortunately, seems to be a large part of the Republicans rhetoric on this issue.  Latinos feel the Republican party is hostile to them, in my opinion, more because of the rhetoric than the underlying public policy.

hapstone2
hapstone2

@JohnQ.Public JQ 

there is a very simple non lethal way to enter the US - that is through the entry portals - with proper papers - 

you do it when you go to Mexico with out question ...no civil rights issue no human rights issue -  because that''s the way it is ... no demonstrations no BS ... the Mexicans know it the Americans know it . 

However conversely the so the other way ... regulated re-entry and proper procedure is all the Repubs have asked for. Not that hard ... not antagonistic nor hostile - we all do it going south why not north. This on THIS side of the border is not a human rights issue it's a procedural issue.The human rights issue in on the OTHER side. 

First the emigres are uprooted from their communities family, extended families and homes. They then trek 1000 miles accosted by communities who don't want them less they disrupt their economies, hassled by  the federales and police and cartelistas. Then to avoid all that  they fall prey to "coyotes" - and extortion till the fee is paid in full.  During that journey they will pass by modern manufacturing plants and factories with bustling support enterprises. Mexico boast increasing foreign investment and a 4% unemployment rate yet they can't find work. 

Now in what civilized democratic republic is THAT not a human rights issue?


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