MIAMI  –  Le llaman la Esquina de la Suerte y el dueño del restaurante Casa Marín asegura que la visita del precandidato presidencial Mitt Romney al establecimiento en el corazón de Hialeah el domingo le supondrá el triunfo seguro en las primarias republicanas este martes. “Ya ganó”, declaró Diosdado Marín, dueño del restaurante ubicado en… Continue »

In her first dispatch for America’s Voice’s Voz Y Voto 2012 series, Maribel Hastings reports that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have lost no time in throwing bombs in their quest for the Latino vote, or more precisely, the Cuban vote-in the Florida presidential primary on January 31st.

Ambas campañas prometieron una lucha cuerpo a cuerpo y sin perder tiempo, los precandidatos a la nominación presidencial republicana, Newt Gingrich y Mitt Romney, se lanzaron dardos en su búsqueda del voto latino o más bien cubanoamericano de cara a las primarias republicanas del 31 de enero en Florida.

27/04/11 a 9:46am por Maribel Hastings WASHINGTON – Mientras Florida, el tercer estado con mayor población indocumentada en Estados Unidos, quiere seguirle los pasos a Arizona aprobando leyes antiinmigrantes, una coalición de organizaciones inició una campaña de anuncios radiales en el Sur del estado cuestionando la postura de algunos políticos hispanos en torno a estas… Continue »

As summer wanes, Congress returns to Washington, and the 2010 campaign cycle moves into overdrive, America’s Voice has prepared a recap of the major storylines on the politics of immigration this summer. It’s clear that the Arizona immigration law is already impacting the 2010 elections—but not, perhaps, the way supporters expected.

While most analysis of immigration politics has focused on Arizona lately, both parties should take note of the results of last Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary in Florida. In states with a significant Latino presence, there is a steep price to pay for ugly immigration politics.

“There is no greater case in recent memory that so accurately demonstrates the absurdity and injustice of our broken immigration system than the case of Walter Lara, a youth who’s family traveled to the United States when he was just three years old. Walter earned a 4.7 GPA in high school and later graduated from Miami-Dade Honors College in 2007, where he went on to pursue a career in computer technology.”

Especially in the key Latino battleground states of Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, and Nevada, the Latino vote’s rapid growth and break towards Democratic candidates played a key role in Democratic victories up and down the ballot. For example, while overall Latino voters in Florida supported President Bush 55% to John Kerry’s 44% in 2004, Obama won 57% of these voters in 2008 to McCain’s 42%. 2008 was the first year a Democratic Presidential candidate won this demographic in Florida since polling by ethnicity has been done there, and was a key factor in Obama’s victory.