So, with the government shut down over the border wall funding, we’re back to immigration, specifically one side trying to secure our border and curb illegal immigration while the other doesn’t care about either. President Trump promised a border wall during the 2016 election. He needs to deliver on that promise. Democrats, fresh of their 40-seat gain the House, aren’t willing to play ball. They retook the lower chamber, Nancy Pelosi, to our horror, is speaker again, and they want to fight Trump. Stop him on every initiative.
“Resist” has taken over part of the government. Trump is supposedly anti-immigrant, a racist, and pushing a white nationalist agenda. It’s all nonsense, but you’d think that it would put a dent in Trump’s numbers with Hispanic voters. Nope. Circling back to a poll released at the very end of December, the one-third of Latino voters who backed Republicans in 2018 are still sticking with the party and President Trump (via AP):
Though Latino voters are a key part of the Democratic coalition, there is a larger bloc of reliable Republican Latinos than many think. And the GOP’s position among Latinos has not weakened during the Trump administration, despite the president’s rhetoric against immigrants and the party’s shift to the right on immigration.
In November’s elections, 32 percent of Latinos voted for Republicans, according to AP VoteCast data. The survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters — including 7,738 Latino voters — was conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
Other surveys also found roughly one-third of Latinos supporting the GOP. Data from the Pew Research Center and from exit polls suggests that a comparable share of about 3 in 10 Latino voters supported Trump in 2016. That tracks the share of Latinos supporting Republicans for the last decade
The stability of Republicans’ share of the Latino vote frustrates Democrats, who say actions like Trump’s family separation policy and his demonization of an immigrant caravan should drive Latinos out of the GOP.
In the meantime, the Democratic Party is still focused on scoring political points than re-opening the government. The president is trying to get his border security agenda through. It’s not controversial. It’s not immoral. It’s the right thing to do. Build that wall.