Hispanic Vote Will Decide Whether Immigration Reform Moves Forward
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2012 – Many believe the Latin vote is Obama’s only hope for re-election.
“This election, compared to the first one Obama ran, is quite entertaining, although for different reasons,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff. “During the first one, the House was on fire to tackle immigration reform, yesterday if possible. Of course, the train went off the tracks, and ‘right now’ became ‘when we get to it, if ever.’”
This election is a make or break show for Obama, with many believing the Latin vote will be his only hope to get a second term to implement immigration reform. While many voters think he deserves a second chance, some say he already blew it once, so why offer him a second chance to do the same thing all over again. Meanwhile, in the campaign offices, the working theory is immigration reform would be a blockbuster achievement in the second term, a piece of domestic legislation that would go down in history.
“Indeed, if Obama does win a second term and does manage to marshal immigration reform into place, it will offer Republicans a strong incentive to do something about a path to citizenship for the millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S.,” remarked Miami immigration lawyer Rifkin.
Will Obama stand a chance with the Latino vote? This is an interesting question, given the nature of the theatrics the nation is witnessing in this election. What should be kept in mind, despite what politicians say, is that the Latin vote is growing by leaps and bounds, while the Anglo vote is slowly fading out. This means Hispanics command an enormous block of votes, and they are more than likely to favor the candidate with immigration reform on his lips.
If the recent announcement by Obama that young Latinos will not be deported and have unlimited chances at working in the country carries any weight, one may expect to see a large crowd at the polls voting for Obama. If the Latin contingent is pinning its hopes and dreams on Obama, they may, as the theory goes, hit the jackpot in term two by voting for Obama.
“But then, given the fickle nature of politics and voters in general, if Obama does win re-election, who is to say that those who oppose amnesty might not beat out those who support it, which would mean immigration reform would be right back where it is now – on hold,” added Rifkin.
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