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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

WARNING TO DEMS: LATINOS COULD FORM NEW POLITICAL PARTY

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From UPI:


U.S. Latinos, feeling neglected by both parties, are discussing forming an independent "Tequila Party" force, leaders say.


"I don't know if it's going to happen, but there's talk," Fernando Romero, president of Nevada's Hispanics in Politics, told the Las Vegas Sun. "There's discussion about empowerment of the Latino vote."


The idea, being debated in Nevada and around the country, stems from frustration over the Democrats' inaction on immigration reform and feelings of being taken for granted.


While I wouldn't put too much credence in this happening any time soon, it does raise the point that Latinos expect more than lip service from the Democrats. On many issues, Latinos would be a natural fit with Republicans. But immigration is a big enough concern that they remain loyal to the Democratic Party.


However, many have begun to (justifiably) question the Demcoratic Party's commitment on immigration. We'll get a better sense over the next few weeks when we see what happens on the DREAM Act. I'm assuming the bill will come up for a vote. If it doesn't then there will be a very, very loud message sent to Hispanics that the Democrats really don't care. But even if there is a vote, what consequences will Democrats who vote no actually face? Republicans who buck filibusters usually face severe consequences for their lack of party loyalty. But what happens to Democrats who act the same way?


And if the bill fails, what are Democrats prepared to do for the next several years when Republicans will presumably keep up their opposition? Will President Obama actually use his executive authority to fix many problems the paralyzed Congress won't? Will Democrats change the Senate rules to make it tougher to filibuster (something they have the power to do with just a majority vote in January)? Had they don't such a thing for this session of Congress, the DREAM Act likely would be law by now.


The actions of the Democrats over the next couple of weeks and months will be critical in determining whether they are able to consolidate their support amongst Hispanics or will blow their gains with this group like they blew their public mandate in the most recent Congress.

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  1. My 2 cents's Avatar
    If this materializes that's the end of the road for legal immigrants, better get out before getting trampled by the Latino stampede lol!!!
  2. SG's Avatar
    We need an independent "Asian party" or atleast a "desi party" to have a chance of getting an EB-3 visa in the next 20 years.
  3. My 2 cents's Avatar
    SG, the problem is the desi folk once they get here hunker down & are engrossed only in the $$$$.
  4. AJ's Avatar
    Forming another party is strategic idiocy at its best because the first past the post system will ensure that a 3rd party - especially one founded on ethnic lines - remains an inconsequential minority for at least a generation. And changing the Senate rules to prevent a filibuster is a double edged sword, as a future Republican majority can well use it to their advantage in pushing restrictive legislation. IMO the pros need to stop betting the house and take the wins they can get.
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    All foolish talk by Hispanics. It is too bad that the Hispanics took took too long to recognize that the GOP does not care about values (look at the big support for Sara Palin's daughter in DWT from the so-called family values crowd when she had a baby out of wedlock), other than white skin...white skin worshipping pagans! However, I also fear that after getting what they want, the Hispanics will abandon the Dems and go back to the GOP!

    Reforming filibuster is a double edged sword as the GOP could well push through restrictive legislation. Furthermore, if the selfish geezer Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not retire over the next two years, a GOP President and a GOP congress can well push through a right wing judge to replace her, without a filibuster. However, it is time for the Dems to abandon the white working class and form a coalition of blacks, Hispanics, young people and the elite.
  6. SG's Avatar
    Immigration has become a joke. it is indeed sad. Every state is coming up with its own version of a bill. Every county is coming up with its version. Every day newer parties are formed. If this carries on, every employer should come up with their own version just in case.
  7. Another Voice's Avatar
    I can understand the frustration of the Hispanic electorate but on this one they are getting ahead of themselves... But I guess if it worked for the Tea baggers they may have a shot!!!
  8. Jack's Avatar
    Is an ethnicity based political party in the U.S. a good thing? This is the risk you run when you have such a large and disproportionate amount of immigration (legal and illegal) from one nation or ethnic group. The irony is that while we have had a seemingly unstoppable mass immigration policy, if such a party ever achieved power and controlled immigration policy, how much use would they have for immigration from anywhere else in the world? These aren't open border purists like Greg--the interest in amnesty and looser immigration is for those of their own ethnicity (picture the CHC on steroids). Non-Latino immigration would just dilute their power so while Latin American immigration would seemingly be a given, they might turn ultra-restrictionist on everyone else.
  9. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Is an ethnicity based political party in the U.S. a good thing?"

    I do not see ANT diversity in the Tea Party Jack, unless the picked a few poster boys to cover their behinds when people start to throw questions about diversity at them....so give me a break!!!
  10. Legal Nomore's Avatar
    If you are a Legal Immigrant, the doors are Shut for you.
    btw, it is surprising there is still some legals in this country.

    Throw away your papers and Swim across Rio Grande.. You'll be warmly welcomed. There will be lot of senators to sympathize with your lives.

    PS: Unlearn English as well.
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