Saturday, April 7, 2012
Professor Ediberto Roman on the Faculty Lounge raises the question whether immigration policy may determine the outcome of the 2012 Presidential race. The argument that it just might is relatively straightforward.
Latinos turned out and voted overwhelmingly for President Obama in 2008. Polls show that Latinos favor President Obama by a wide margin over Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee. (This is no surprise given Romney and his competitors' myopic focus on immigration enforcement, "self-deportation, " etc.). However, many Latinos are disgruntled with the Obama administration's (1) emphasis on immigration enforcement and (2) failure to push immigration reform and the DREAM Act through Congress. Will Latinos turn out to vote for President Obama in November? That is the open question.