LATINOS IN THE UNITED STATES:
Did you know that Latinos are the nation’s largest minority group? Latinos/as make up 16.7% of the overall United States population.
Latinos Value Education:
- 77% of all Latinos ages 18-24 have a high school diploma or GED.
- Latino college enrollment has reached a new high of 16.5%
- Latino student enrollment throughout all levels of schooling has risen dramatically in 2011. Overall, Latino students now make up nearly one-quarter (23.9%) of the nation’s public school enrollment.
- By the year 2036, Latinos are projected to compose
- one-third of the nation’s children ages 3 to 17.
The Latino vote:
- In the 2010 congressional election the percentage of Latino voters was 7%.
- Sixty percent (60%) of Latinos supported the Democratic Party while 38% supported the Republican Party.
- In 2010, Latino voters indicated that education followed by jobs and health care are the issues that most impact how they vote.
- In 112th congress, there are 2 Latinos serving in the Senate and 26 in the House. There are 2 Latino governors in the US.
Latinos and work:
- Latinos are predicted to account for 3/4th of the growth in the nation’s labor force from 2010 to 2020.
- 67.8% of Latinos, 16 years and older, were in the civilian labor force in 2010.
- The number of Latino-owned businesses has increased 46.3% since 2002, reaching 2.3 million businesses in 2007.
Serving our country:
- 1.2 million Latinos 18 and older are veterans of the US armed forces.
Read more about Latin@s in the U.S. here.
During Wednesday evening’s Univision forum, Mitt Romney was asked four times if he would maintain President Obama’s directive allowing young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States on a temporary basis — but refused to offer a clear answer.
The whole interview was a joke. Romney derailed question after question. Truly disrespectful.
During the 1950s, African Americans endured life under racist Jim Crow laws and were used like laboratory rats in government-run medical studies, such as the notorious “ Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment .” Lesbians and gays were not allowed to immigrate to the U.S. because they were seen as having a mental illness that some “scientists” believed could be cured through electroshocks, euphemistically called “conversion therapy.”
Latinos fared no better during these “Happy Days.” For instance, as a result of the racist stereotype of their hyper-fertility, throughout this period many Latinas were forcibly sterilized like animals to prevent their “overpopulation.” Around this same time—while fighting and giving their lives for freedom and democracy abroad— Latino war veterans were often denied the right to burial in their hometown cemeteries because of their race. During this era, Latinos lived under “ Juan Crow” poll taxes and segregated schools and swimming pools; it was not uncommon to see signs in front of restaurants and public areas reading: “ No Dogs, Negros, or Mexicans ” allowed.
Only a few years prior to the dawning of the 1950s, people of Mexican descent were lynched at even higher rates than African Americans in some parts of the country. The lynch mobs were composed of “law enforcement” agents known as the Texas Rangers. Ironically, we now commemorate this group of vigilantes by naming a professional baseball team in their honor. During the 1950s Mexican indentured servitude existed in the form of the notorious Bracero Program, which fumigated these “guest” workers like livestock before they were allowed to enter the country, only to later exploit their labor in order to keep American bellies full. This was also the period when the infamous “ Operation Wetback ” terrorized Mexican-American barrios through immigration raids that resulted in the deportation of nearly one million foreign and U.S.-born Latinos who “looked illegal.”
Why only rich-white-straight men remember the 1950’s as the “Happy Days”.
Mitt Romney will be the first Republican presidential candidate of the modern era who opposes legalization of undocumented immigrants. That doesn’t get you Hispanic votes. Furthermore, your idea of making life impossible for undocumented people in order for them to self-deport is too cruel. The United States should not be like Arizona.
Latinos don’t forget that it was you, the Republicans, who approved Arizona’s anti-immigrant law SB 1070. Other similar laws in Alabama and Georgia, among other states, were also approved by you. Resembling Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has been accused of racism and discrimination by the federal government, isn’t good for you. It makes you look like enemies to Hispanics."
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos in a letter to Republicans titled “Since Ronald Reagan, any Republican candidate that gets less than a third of the Latino vote will lose the election.”
Ramos ends the letter by telling Republicans “Yes, you are going to lose the Latino vote in 2012. And you have done everything to deserve that result. But your dilemma will be what to do in order not to lose Hispanic support for generations to come.”.
[original Spanish letter can be found here]
McCain still says Romney needs to do more to win over Latinos.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s statement that his administration would pass crack-down laws so that undocumented immigrants “self-deport,” it caused quite a stir.
We should be worried when McCain becomes the voice of reason…