New Census figures for California show the dominant and growing role Latino voters are playing in politics in the Golden State. National Journal summarized the findings:
The state’s Hispanic population grew by more than a quarter in the last decade, and Latinos now make up 38 percent of the state, which nearly surpasses non-Hispanic whites, who make up 40 percent of the population. Further, 51 percent of Californians younger than 18 are Latino. The political and policy ramifications of the rapid demographic shift in the nation’s largest state are huge.
And the Washington Post’s Dan Balz noted:
The rapid expansion in California’s Hispanic population has transformed the state’s political balance, putting Republicans at a disadvantage in statewide elections.
But U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA/24) thinks he knows better. As the Chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee, Rep. Gallegly is one of the “Three Amigos” guiding the Republican Party’s immigration strategy in Washington, along with Texas Rep. Lamar Smith and Iowa Rep. Steve King. Their goal: Drive undocumented immigrants out of the country.