That’s why we at The Heritage Foundation recently launched Libertad.org, a new Spanish-language website. Libertad.org brings conservative solutions to Hispanics who prefer to read news in their first language. Unlike certain politicians, we don’t act as if there are “Hispanic” issues and “non-Hispanic” issues. Libertad.org is there to provide access to the same research available on Heritage.org.
Even after the election, though, many liberals were up to their usual tricks -- using the DREAM Act in a blatant effort to pander to Hispanics. Yet as Libertad.org Editor Israel Ortega noted, “The irony is that Hispanics are more concerned about the economy and the stubborn unemployment rate nearing double digits nationwide than they are about illegal immigration.” And much of that concern is rooted in conservative goals.
That’s not surprising, really. Those goals, including self-reliance and hard work, are themselves rooted in the American Dream, which all immigrants have sought for centuries in this land of opportunity. Contrast that message with the ethnic-warfare missives Hispanics usually get, such as the time when President Obama urged them to “punish our enemies.” He apologized shortly afterward, but this gaffe revealed an interesting mindset.
Hispanics deserve better than such condescension. They merit more than a political ghetto. The same concerns, the same issues, that animate their votes animate Americans whose families have been here for generations. It’s time all politicians started acting like it.