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Twenty things to know about Florida Latinos before GOP primary

Posted on: January 31st, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

The liberal Center for American Progress and the conservative Hispanic Leadership Network each published a list of 10 things you need to know about Latino voters in Florida, one day before the state’s GOP presidential primary. (more…)

VIDEO: Romney’s immigration stance muddled by conflicting endorsements

Posted on: January 13th, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

Leading GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney has a mixed set of endorsements that don’t fully illustrate his positions on immigration. (more…)

Gingrich leads in polls despite ‘humane’ immigration-enforcement proposal

Posted on: December 7th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore)

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s recent call for a “humane” path to immigration enforcement for undocumented immigrants does not seem to have hurt his poling numbers.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports today: ”A month before voting starts, Gingrich has established double-digit leads in some polls in the early voting states of Iowa and South Carolina.”

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, two thirds of 10.2 million undocumented immigrants have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years. The Pew report adds that 35 percent of unauthorized adult immigrants have resided in the U.S. for 15 years or more, and 28 percent for 10 to 14 years.

The Journal Constitution adds  that Gingrich “hasn’t fully fleshed out his plan or set a minimum number of years for how long illegal immigrants must live here before they could be eligible for a path to legal status.”

Michael Smerconish, “a nationally syndicated radio host” attended a Gringrich event in Naples and wrote:

[Gingrich] said he favored a “sequencing” approach rather than comprehensive reform. He noted that the solution to those already here would come only after there had been completion of several prior steps, including gaining control of the border; making English the official language; ensuring that those who become citizens are knowledgeable about the history of our founding; improving the visa program; deporting criminals; and establishing a guest-worker program.

In mid-November, during the CNN GOP presidential debate focused on national security, Gingrich said, “I don’t see how the — the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century. And I’m prepared to take the heat for saying, ‘Let’s be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship, but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families.’”

Smerconish adds that Gingrich said, “I do not think anybody should be eligible for citizenship,” adding that he supports “a certification to legality with no right to vote and no right to become an American citizen unless they go home and apply through the regular procedures back home and get in line behind everybody else who has obeyed the law.”

Report: Two-thirds of undocumented immigrants have been living in U.S. for at least a decade

Posted on: December 5th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments
About two thirds of the 10.2 million unauthorized adult immigrants who currently live in the U.S. have lived here for at least 10 years, according to a report released early this month by the Pew Hispanic Center.

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U.S. Hispanic population becoming more diverse

Posted on: May 27th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

A Pew Hispanic Center report about the country-of-origin of Hispanics in 30 U.S. metropolitan areas indicates that Hispanics of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban origin or descent remain the nation’s three largest Hispanic groups, but diversity within the Latino community is increasing.

Over the last decade, people of Salvadoran origin, the fourth largest Hispanic country-of-origin group, grew by 152 percent, the Dominican population grew by 85 percent, the Guatemalan population by 180 percent and the Colombian population by 93 percent since 2000. Meanwhile, the Cuban and Puerto Rican populations grew 44 and 36 percent, respectively.

More than 1.5 million Hispanics call Miami home — about half of them Cubans, while Nicaraguans and Colombians are the second and third largest Latino groups, respectively.

The report indicates that in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano Beach there are over 430,000 Hispanics. About half of these residents are Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Colombians. In Orlando, there are almost 500,000 Hispanics, and Tampa-St. Petersburg is home to over 415,000 Hispanics.

In the New York-Northeastern New Jersey metropolitan area, 29.4 percent of Hispanics are of Puerto Rican origin and 19.7 percent are of Dominican origin. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Salvadorans are the largest group, comprising one-third of the area’s Hispanics.

Mexicans, meanwhile, are the dominant Hispanic group in metropolitan areas in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, as well as in Chicago and Atlanta.

The data for this report are derived from the 2010 U.S. Census and from the 2009 American Community Survey.

Latino voter growth new factor in progressive voter reform efforts

Posted on: April 28th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

The growing participation of Latino voters shows a heightened responsibility and a need to continue voter reform efforts to further boost Latino voter participation. That’s the message the Progressive States Network is taking from new Pew Hispanic Center data. #


A Pew Hispanic Center report released Tuesday indicates that a record 6.6 million Latinos voted in the November midterm elections, and that they represented a larger share of the electorate in 2010 than in any previous midterm election. #


The Pew report is framed in a way that shows Latino voters have tremendous potential clout in future elections, says Cristina Francisco-McGuire, election reform policy specialist at the Progressive States Network. She says it sets the stage for a conversation about the the election reforms needed to boost participation in the Latino community. #


Progressive State Network states aims to transform the political landscape by sparking progressive actions at the state level by supporting state legislative campaigns. #


Franciso-McGuire tells The Florida Independent that Florida House Bill 1355 is an example of efforts to suppress the participation of minority and low-income voters. The bill would not allow voters to change their name and address at the poll on election day, and forces voters who need to do that to cast their vote by provisional ballot. People who tend to take advantage of this are minority or low-income citizens who tend to be more geographically mobile. According to the Advancement Project (.pdf), in 2008, 51 percent of provisional ballots in Florida were not counted. #


The Pew report indicates that more than 50 million Hispanics were counted by the 2010 census, up from 35.3 million in 2000. In that same period, the number of Latino eligible voters increased to over 21 million. But Latino representation among the electorate remains below representation in the general population. The Latino population eligible to vote is smaller than it is among any other group, because almost a quarter of Latinos old enough to vote are not U.S. citizens. #


Fabiola Carrion, a broadband and green jobs policy specialist at Progressive States Network, says immigration-enforcement bills like Arizona’s S.B. 1070 have mobilized Latino citizens and non-citizens. #


Freddy Balsera — president of Miami based Balsera Communications, which specializes in public policy and political communication for Spanish- and English-speaking Hispanic audiences — tells the Independent that the increase in registered Hispanic voters and those who actually vote shows a growing sense of political responsibility in the community. #


Balsera says that many Hispanics think laws like Arizona’s S.B. 1070 have nothing to do with securing the borders or about the undocumented, but are reactions to the degree to which the Hispanic community and culture are being welcomed into the greater fabric of the U.S. #


He adds that more voters means that other issues important to Hispanics come to the forefront: property taxes, bank loans for business, home purchases. Balsera says growth is measured in several ways: purchasing power, academic power, electoral power, and that as the Latino community grows, the commercial and business interests of Hispanics also become more significant. #

Report: Latino representation of 2010 electorate was much lower than share of general population

Posted on: April 27th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick No Comments

Despite the boom in America’s Hispanic population over the past decade, a recent Pew Hispanic Center report shows that surge (35.3 million to 50.5 million people between 2000 and 2010) is not reflected in Latino voting totals, which increased from 13.2 million to 21.3 million people between 2000 and 2010.

Approximately 6.6 million Latinos voted in the 2010 midterm elections, says Pew, noting that it was a record turnout for the Hispanic population. And Latinos made up a larger share of the electorate in 2010 than in any previous midterm election, representing 6.9 percent of all voters, up from 5.8 percent in 2006.

What the numbers reflect is a great under-representation of Latinos as a voting population. In 2010, 16.3 percent of the nation’s population was Latino, according to the U.S. census, but only 10.1 percent of eligible voters and less than 7 percent of actual voters were Latino.

The Pew report suggests the gap is the result of the large number of youth and non-citizens in the U.S. About 34.9 percent of Hispanics are younger than 18, and 22.4 percent are not U.S. citizens.

The percent of Latinos who are eligible to vote (42.7 percent) is much lower than eligible whites (77.7 percent), African-Americans (67.2 percent), and Asians (52.8 percent). Even among those eligible, Hispanics go to the voting points at a lower rate than other groups. In 2010, 31.2 percent of eligible Hispanic voters say they voted, compared with 48.6 percent of eligible white voters and 44 percent of black eligible voters, according to Pew.

The Washington Post predicts that under-representation among Latinos means their political influence “will fall short of their demographic strength by years, if not decades.”

The disregard for the power of the Hispanic vote is perhaps reflected in policies that negatively affect this group in the areas of immigration, education and entitlement programs.

A recent Gallup poll showed that Obama’s support among Latinos has decreased by 25 percentage points since the start of his presidency.

And as the Post points out, Obama needs Hispanic support during his re-election; yet thus far, Democrats have been unable to enact immigration policies favored by the majority of Latinos. The promising DREAM Act — creating a path to citizenship for children brought into the country illegally — failed in Congress late last year.

A Washington Post blog also notes that even if Latino voter turnout does not pick up, their electorate share will continue to grow at the rate of the population and thus — eventually — will become more important to those seeking office, both Democrats and Republicans.

Report: Arizona-style immigration laws do not favor local economies

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

A report released this month aims to help state legislators considering Arizona-style immigration-enforcement bills answer this question: If S.B. 1070-type laws accomplish the declared goal of driving out all undocumented immigrants, what effect would it have on state economies? #


This report comes when Florida Republican legislators in both chambers are working to change the Sunshine State’s immigration laws through bills that copy Arizona’s law while making controversial federal enforcement programs Secure Communities and 287(g) state law. #


Critics of the proposed Florida bills have pointed to the civil rights and legal violations, as well as the economic burden, these bills would have on the state’s residents. #


The report issued by the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center concludes that: #

  • Immigrant workers as a whole added $47.1 billion to Arizona’s gross state product — the total value added by workers of goods and services produced in the state — in 2008. The undocumented workforce by itself accounted for $23.5 billion of this gross state product.
  • The pre-tax earnings of immigrant workers in Arizona totaled almost $30 billion for all immigrant workers and nearly $15 billion for undocumented workers.
  • The output and spending of all immigrant workers generated 1.2 million jobs in Arizona in 2008, while the output and spending of undocumented workers generated 581,000 jobs.
  • The analysis estimates that immigrants on the whole paid $6 billion in taxes in 2008, while undocumented immigrants paid approximately $2.8 billion.

The report adds that the effect of deportation in Arizona would: #

  • Decrease total employment by 17.2 percent.
  • Eliminate 581,000 jobs for immigrant and native-born workers alike.
  • Shrink state economy by $48.8 billion.
  • Reduce state tax revenues by 10.1 percent.

Meanwhile, the effects of legalization in Arizona would: #

  • Increase total employment by 7.7 percent.
  • Add 261,000 jobs for immigrant and native-born workers alike.
  • Increase labor income by $5.6 billion.
  • Increase tax revenues by $1.68 billion.

U.S. Census Bureau data indicate that by 2008 almost 3.4 million immigrants lived in Florida. And a 2007 Florida International University study (.pdf) indicated that immigrant workers contributed about $20 billion in federal, state, local, property and sales taxes. #


According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the 2010 Census counted 50.5 million Hispanics in the United Sates, making up 16.3 percent of the total population. The nation’s Hispanic population, which was 35.3 million in 2000, grew 46.3 percent over the decade, and even more sharply in many Southeastern states. #


Pew reports that Florida Hispanics make up over 22 percent (4.2 million resident) of the state’s population and other data shows that about 825,000 unauthorized immigrants live in Florida. #