Ad Tells Latinos Not to Vote in Congressional Elections

Monday, October 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Latinos for Reform released two ads today with a very different message from many of the ads aimed at Latino voters this political season: Its ads urge Latinos to vote for local and state candidates but to stop short of casting a ballot for Congress. The idea is to send a message to national politicians — and Democrats in particular — that Latino voters demand action on immigration reform, according to the ad. But is it really a good idea to not vote?

Latino voters helped elect Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress in 2008 and have little to show for it in the way of immigration reform, despite Obama’s campaign promise to pass immigration reform within his first year. But given the opposition to nearly every immigration-related proposal from the current class of congressional Republicans, a Republican-led Congress seems even less likely to pass measures like the DREAM Act, which would allow some illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as children to earn legal status through education or military service.

That’s not the stance Latinos for Reform takes. “Clearly, the Democratic leadership betrayed us,” the ad states. “And now, when they need our votes, they are at it again with more empty promises. Aren’t you tired of politicians playing games with your future?”

Here’s the ad:

Whether Obama and the Democrats should be blamed for the lack of comprehensive immigration legislation is up for debate, but most pro-immigration reform groups have argued that participation in the midterms is especially important for Latino voters because of Republican opposition to immigration reform.

The Latinos for Reform ad may be more along the lines of voter sentiment, though, at least according to polling data. The Pew Hispanic Center found this month that Latino voters were considerably less likely to say they would vote in the midterms than voters overall. The lack of enthusiasm may be because immigration reform efforts failed: A July poll showed that many Latino voters who supported immigration reform would stay home from the polls if it was not passed.

Update: Latinos for Reform is run by Robert Deposada, a conservative political consultant. But he claimed to Politico the ads are not disingenuous because he also opposes some Republican candidates, such as Harry Reid-challenger Sharron Angle. “I can’t ask people to support a Republican candidate who has taken a completely irresponsible and bordering-on-racist position on immigration,” he said.

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Comment posted October 18, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

If this guy who runs it is the same person, it's a donor to Rudy Giuliani of many dollars, who also has authored a paper for the heritage foundation.

Is this astroturf to help Republicans win seats?

Comment posted October 19, 2010 @ 10:14 am

I think you hit it right, trifecta. This is classic depress the vote tactics that Republicans love to use. There isn't any evidence that it works — or doesn't.

Most Hispanics I know are too smart to fall for this doo-doo. I know they are pissed like I am, but I just hope they realize that it is the just say no gang won't even let it be discussed much less work on it to get something passable.

there are so many crises going on and the bloody minded republicans just want to play party games. The only hope we have is they get held to just a small number of seats so they rethink their policy of acting like an over tired cranky 4 year old.

Comment posted October 19, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

WOW, WTF the GOP is going to deport all back where they came from. Are they NUTS!

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Comment posted October 19, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

They will get harasses if they don't vote, that is just stupid.

I hope they like mandatory identity checks when they travel.

Ali Alexander
Comment posted October 19, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

Let's see. These “important” Latino voters numbered only 10 million in the 2008 Presidential election, and only 7 million voted for Obama. That's out of 131 million voters. While Latinos are certainly important in some states, such as California or Texas, they're not nearly as important as the many non Hispanic White blue-collar voters in the Rust Belt who are harmed by illegal immigration and who may well not vote for Democrats who support it. The will of a small minority of voters in regard to amnesty does NOT trump the law and the will of the majority.

Ali Alexander
Comment posted October 19, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

Democrats controlled Congress for the last 2 years of Bush's reign, and Bush worked with them to pass amnesty. In fact, Bush tried to push amnesty from the beginning of his Presidency. Amnesty didn't pass for the simple reason that there are too many AMERICAN voters who are harmed by illegal immigration and who believe that amnesty is a sure way to get more of it, as 1986 proved. Furthermore, without ENFORCEMENT of the law, which we didn't get after the 1986 amnesty, all any amnesty bills are are hollow promises to enforce the law, just like we got in 1986.

Comment posted October 19, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

Who think they are harmed by illegal immigration

Comment posted October 19, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

Oye, Latinos! Siéntate y cállate!

Comment posted October 19, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

If, instead of not voting they would do better to vote for the Democrats so they can overwhelm the “just say no” party. More republicans in office will simply increase the gridlock in Washington.

hugo Ortiz
Comment posted October 20, 2010 @ 12:34 am

All latinos must vote! If they don't there will a Anti-immigration Law and all families who have american born children will be taken away. Do it for your kids! Vote for Democrats, not for Republicians. My name is Hugo Ortiz.

Latinos todos deben votar! Si no hay una ley de Anti-immigration y todas las familias que tienen americano nacido niños se se tendrán lejos. Hacerlo para los niños! Votar a favor de los demócratas, no para Republicians. Mi nombre es Hugo Ortiz.

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Comment posted October 20, 2010 @ 9:10 am

Perfect idea last 5 year nothing happen about immigration reform. Why I care for vote they all liar

Comment posted October 21, 2010 @ 2:52 am

Hispanics come to America for better opportunities. There isn't anyone being affected by their presence. Hispanic's are working where others refuse to work. If the majority of Hispanics legal or illegal should be driven back to their Country who would do the dirty jobs? In addition, America is a free country with many races, so I don't see why Latinos should be excluded from the voting process. Just because a political party( democratic or republican) promises many things should not discourage any one from voting. For example, the Dream Act, we do not know when this Act will come to play but at least it gives hope to illegal immigrants( not only Latinos) that someday things will be better. Latinos VOTE!

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Comment posted November 2, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

i was born here and i am hispanic and i think all this is crazy.. we are the most hard working people out here… n the government cant seem to grant us with our rights and immigration reform… wow.. thats crazy… ha-ha reasons why i decided not to vote.. all of you are some liars

Comment posted November 3, 2010 @ 1:24 am

If you are a citizen, you have the same rights as everyone else. Immigration reform won't affect you directly, though it might affect your relatives. I would hope you are a registered voter and not shirk your responsibility as a citizen by staying away form the polls this election.

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