Week 1: Politics

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September 6, 2012 by ljimenez1

This week’s blog topic is politics. Choose one issue that might be pertinent to Latinos in the upcoming election.

The following articles are examples of good places to learn more about some of the issues that politicians have been addressing concerning Latino voters:

http://nbclatino.com/2012/09/05/dnc-features-bill-clinton-cristina-saralegui-and-dreamers-to-woo-latinos

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/mitt-romney-latino-vote-george-w-bush_n_1842864.html

Use the following questions to guide your post:

1. Why do you feel this issue is pertinent?

2. How has each party addressed this issue?

 

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5 thoughts on “Week 1: Politics

  1. rosaf15 says:

    Even though immigration is an important and critical issue concerning many Latinos, immigration is not the only pertinent issue to Latinos in the upcoming elections. Among the other issues presidential candidates are addressing, the issue of Healthcare is a relevant and important issue Latinos living in the United States are concerned about. Since Latinos are the most uninsured group in the United States and about half of Hispanics do not regularly visit a doctor, it is important that Latinos have the access to affordable Healthcare. It is also important to view the ideas of each presidential candidate concerning Healthcare and seeing which candidate truly wants to help the Latino community.
    Over the years, President Barack Obama has tried to enforce a universal healthcare system where every American has access to Healthcare; including many Latinos. Earlier this year, after the Supreme Court finally upheld Obama’s Healthcare legislation, Affordable Care Act (ACA), Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menéndez said the legislation “has given our health care system back to patients and doctors, and not to insurance executives.” Because of Obama’s Healthcare legislation about 34 million more Americans will have health coverage—many of them being Latinos, who will be able to afford insurance for the first time. Through the ACA many small business, including the rapidly growing Hispanic-owned small businesses, will have the opportunity to expand their business with the help of tax rebuts while providing affordable health insurance to their employees.
    Nevertheless Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, plans on working with Congress to repeal Obama’s legislation as quickly as possible; putting an end to affordable healthcare for everyone, including Latinos. Instead of focusing on providing a “universal” health system, Romney plans on giving each state the power to create a health care reform plan that better suits its citizens. If Romney wins the 2012 Presidential Elections, the lives of many Americans will be changed due to his elimination of Obama’s health legislation. According to Cristina Saralegui, “[Romney] would repeal health care reform, forcing millions of Hispanics to lose insurance. Governor Romney’s plan is really just one word: pa’trás—backward”.
    Although each candidate has expressed how their healthcare laws will benefit individuals as well as the country as a whole, it’s up to Latinos to decide who truly responds to their issues and needs. Latinos can either choose between a president who offers affordable healthcare or a candidate who offers a health care plan that this not guaranteed to fit their economic and health needs.

    Articles used: http://nbclatino.com/2012/06/28/latinos-celebrate-momentous-health-care-ruling-opponents-vow-to-fight/
    http://nbclatino.com/2012/09/05/dnc-features-bill-clinton-cristina-saralegui-and-dreamers-to-woo-latinos/

  2. aalanis3 says:

    The 2012 presidential election is just around the corner for our country. There are numerous controversial issues that are being talked about by Latinos. Some of these issues include immigration, healthcare, and the Dream Act, among others. The fact of the matter is that not enough Latinos will actually get up and vote on that second Tuesday of November this year. The Latino population has demonstrated disenchantment with politics in all areas of the political spectrum. This is a problem for both our country and our people. The Republican and Democratic parties are scurrying to take hold of the Latino vote. This week, during then Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama invited speakers such as Christina Saralegui, a Dreamer, and  Latina actress Eva Longoria. These speakers were chosen in the hopes that it will revive the political interest of our people. Four years ago, many promises were made for Latinos, both citizens and immigrants. Many of these promises have not been granted; thus, the disapproval for President Obama has staggered. Latinos find it hard to trust the party who shows interest in helping us because they haven’t shown much interest in the past four years. The Republicans on the other hand, have always been vocal of their lack of consideration for immigrants. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, attempted to lure Latinos by speaking Spanish on several occasions. He managed to offend many and to further broaden the disgust that Latino voters are gradually gaining of politics. The Republican party does not support an immigration reform, or The Dream Act, and wants to diminish health benefits. These are few of the topics that Latinos should become informed and passionate about. They affect us and those we care about greatly. The reason our families came to this nation is for an opportunity to fulfill the American Dream, and this is being threatened by various political actions. This year it is pivotal for us to set aside the anger and disenchantment, and go out and vote for a party that will best fulfill our needs and wants. We must create a voice for our people and allow our interests to be heard. The amount of Latinos in this nation is growing and we must show America that we care who the next president of the United States is.

  3. Jareth Munoz says:

    SInce I had technical difficulties I decided to post it as a comment too….

    Title: To DREAM or not to DREAM?

    As the 2012 Presidential Election is approaching, the candidates are trying their best to gain support. One of the concerns for both the Republican and the Democratic parties is gaining the Latino vote. Latinos make up a large percentage of the United States’ population so it would only seem logical for the candidates to try and gain their support. Immigration has always been an important issue for the Latino community. Currently, though, one of the most pertinent issues to Latinos is the DREAM Act. This act was proposed to give illegal students the opportunity to go to college and perhaps gain legal status if they qualify. This issue is extremely pertinent to the Latino community because many students in the U.S. are illegal thus their chances of receiving a college education and financial aid are taken away from them because they simply don’t have a legal status. More importantly, it seems unjust and inhuman to deny a person the right to gain a higher education. In my person experience, I have many friends who were unable to attend college because they didn’t have the financial ability and because they were alien students. This breaks my heart because even if a student has the best grades, the best scores, and the highest level of determination, if he or she does not have a legal status in the U.S. then he or she will not be able to pursue a college education.

    Both political parties have differing views on the DREAM Act. The Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, supports the DREAM Act. Although he has not yet passed this act, Obama has shown his support by passing the Deferred Action in June. This action is a step in the right direction for young illegal immigrants. It will give them the opportunity to receive a temporary work permit and have the safety of not being deported. Because of Obama, the so-called “DREAMers” will have the opportunity to go to college and be able to work to afford it. To further show his support for this issue, Obama had a DREAMer, Benita Veliz, speak at the Democratic National Convention. Veliz shared her story and her support for Obama for helping young illegal students. She said, “President Obama fought for the DREAM Act to help people like me.” Whether or not this was a strategic move from Obama or not, it still gives hope to the Latino community and could lead to an immigration reform in the future.

    On the contrary, Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, does not support the Dream Act. He is opposed to resident college tuition for illegal immigrant students. Personally, I think this is pathetic and unjust because many Latino students don’t have the financial stability to pay for college and Romney disagrees with illegal Latino students receiving federal aid. If Romney wins, he could overturn this act and could crush millions of dreams. Romney not believing in illegal immigration can cause him the support from most of the Latino community.

    Overall, the DREAM Act is a very important issue for the Latino community. There needs to be positive change since Latinos make up such a large amount of the population. All Latinos can do at this point is hope that the 2012 Elections will affect them positively. It is important for Latinos to also be aware of the views of the DREAM Act for each of the political parties. After all, one of them will become our future president.

    1. http://nbclatino.com/2012/09/05/dnc-features-bill-clinton-cristina-saralegui-and-dreamers-to-woo-latinos/

    2. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2012/0907/Obama-vs.-Romney-101-5-ways-they-differ-on-immigration/DREAM-Act

    3. http://www.slate.com/blogs/spitzer/2012/08/15/immigrants_deferred_action_initiative_we_still_need_the_dream_act_.html

  4. Jareth Munoz says:

    Title: To DREAM or not to DREAM?

    As the 2012 Presidential Election is approaching, the candidates are trying their best to gain support. One of the concerns for both the Republican and the Democratic parties is gaining the Latino vote. Latinos make up a large percentage of the United States’ population so it would only seem logical for the candidates to try and gain their support. Immigration has always been an important issue for the Latino community. Currently, though, one of the most pertinent issues to Latinos is the DREAM Act. This act was proposed to give illegal students the opportunity to go to college and perhaps gain legal status if they qualify. This issue is extremely pertinent to the Latino community because many students in the U.S. are illegal thus their chances of receiving a college education and financial aid are taken away from them because they simply don’t have a legal status. More importantly, it seems unjust and inhuman to deny a person the right to gain a higher education. In my person experience, I have many friends who were unable to attend college because they didn’t have the financial ability and because they were alien students. This breaks my heart because even if a student has the best grades, the best scores, and the highest level of determination, if he or she does not have a legal status in the U.S. then he or she will not be able to pursue a college education.

    Both political parties have differing views on the DREAM Act. The Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, supports the DREAM Act. Although he has not yet passed this act, Obama has shown his support by passing the Deferred Action in June. This action is a step in the right direction for young illegal immigrants. It will give them the opportunity to receive a temporary work permit and have the safety of not being deported. Because of Obama, the so-called “DREAMers” will have the opportunity to go to college and be able to work to afford it. To further show his support for this issue, Obama had a DREAMer, Benita Veliz, speak at the Democratic National Convention. Veliz shared her story and her support for Obama for helping young illegal students. She said, “President Obama fought for the DREAM Act to help people like me.” Whether or not this was a strategic move from Obama or not, it still gives hope to the Latino community and could lead to an immigration reform in the future.

    On the contrary, Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, does not support the Dream Act. He is opposed to resident college tuition for illegal immigrant students. Personally, I think this is pathetic and unjust because many Latino students don’t have the financial stability to pay for college and Romney disagrees with illegal Latino students receiving federal aid. If Romney wins, he could overturn this act and could crush millions of dreams. Romney not believing in illegal immigration can cause him the support from most of the Latino community.

    Overall, the DREAM Act is a very important issue for the Latino community. There needs to be positive change since Latinos make up such a large amount of the population. All Latinos can do at this point is hope that the 2012 Elections will affect them positively. It is important for Latinos to also be aware of the views of the DREAM Act for each of the political parties. After all, one of them will become our future president.

    1. http://nbclatino.com/2012/09/05/dnc-features-bill-clinton-cristina-saralegui-and-dreamers-to-woo-latinos/

    2. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2012/0907/Obama-vs.-Romney-101-5-ways-they-differ-on-immigration/DREAM-Act

    3. http://www.slate.com/blogs/spitzer/2012/08/15/immigrants_deferred_action_initiative_we_still_need_the_dream_act_.html

  5. adriannstuff says:

    The Latino community has become one of the largest minority groups within the U.S.; “One in six Americans are now Latino,” says Janet Marguia president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza. Therefore as the leading minority group, the Latino vote will be essential to winning the upcoming election. Though Hispanics are currently more in favor of Barrack Obama and the Democratic Party, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are attracting more conservative Hispanics such as the second generation of immigrants.
    As with several voters, the economy is a top issue for Latinos. Romney’s campaign pollster Neil Newhouse says Obama’s record of failed policies have resulted in Hispanics comprising fully one-third of Americans who are living in poverty today. This realization of economic hardship, or “broken promises”, to the Latino community will attract Latino votes favoring Romney in hopes that he can reform the economy, returning jobs to Latino Americans. With second-generation Latinos there is a greater open attitude towards conservative policies. “Immigration is not going to mean anything if our economy doesn’t improve,” says Parker Maldonado, a financial adviser from Goddard, Kan. Maldonado says he is likely to vote for Romney, along with several other conservative second-generation Latinos.
    However, during the GOP primaries, Romney promised to veto the DREAM Act and stated that he wouldn’t have voted for the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor. These comments have discouraged several Latino voters, especially immigrants. The DREAM Act would provide young illegally immigrated Latinos a chance at citizenship. Latino registered voters who have immigrated to the U.S. rate immigration policies as a high priority. Several immigrant Latino voters praise Obama for his recent step towards helping young Hispanics. Obama has announced that he will prevent deportation of an estimated 800,000 undocumented Latino youths who were illegally brought to the U.S., in doing so he has fortified the enthusiasm of Latino voters.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-06-24/Hispanic-voters-Obama-Romney-election/55796866/1

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