Prez Trying to Trick Latino Voters with Texas Speech

The president knows that immigration reform isn't going to pass in the runup to the 2012 elections, particularly now that there's a more patriotic congress. Then why did he stoke immigration emotions in Texas today?

The gold mine of votes for Obama is the trove of millions of eligible but unregistered Latinos who could help tip states like Arizona into his column — but only if they can be persuaded that his efforts on their behalf are worth backing.

A big unknown is whether Latinos will be more impressed by Obama’s good intentions on the immigration issue, or more discouraged by the lack of progress toward enactment of a comprehensive bill, including a path to citizenship for those living in the United States illegally.

So why is the president risking angering Latino voters? Eliseo Medina, the secretary treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, explains.

“Clearly with immigration reform and any other kind of reform that would benefit the Latino community, we have to make sure that our voices are heard in the ballot box. There are approximately 23 million Latinos that are eligible to vote, yet only 10 million voted in 2008.”

The goal of the White House? Rile up Hispanics in order to boost turnout in 2012.

A recent analysis of the 2010 elections by the Pew Hispanic Center found that Latinos continue to underperform on Election Day: fewer than 7 percent of voters were Latino, even though more than 16 percent of the U.S. population is Latino.

Since Democrats don't generally win the white vote, they pander to minority groups for votes. Sometimes, that means pushing policies that are patently un-American, like refusing to secure the border.