Munroe, one off a group of Black and Latino activists
Obama take the oath of office for a second
term in Gardena,
California, Jan. 21. Should Latino voters strike
while the iron is hot,
and push hard for migration reform now?
Influence-Flush U.S. Latinos Must
'Exploit Unprecedented Moment' (El Universal, Mexico)
Latino vote is a juncture of unprecedented importance that could lose its
novelty on the public agenda. ... Another unexpected event may occur that
quickly causes U.S. people to close off the possibility of an 'amnesty' for
illegal immigrants. The best course would be to exploit the current situation.
... With these new favorable winds, it's time for Hispanic civic organizations
and nationals in general, to come out of the shadows."
Translated By Miguel Gutierrez
January 22, 2013
El Universal - Original Article (Spanish)
When President of the United States Barack Hussein Obama won
re-election this past November 6, he said in his victory speech: "Tonight
you voted for action ... to meet the challenges we can only solve together -
reducing our deficit, reforming out tax code, fixing our immigration system,
freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We’ve got more work to do."
Two months have passed and the Congress of the United States
is embroiled in talks over the budget, taxes, and more recently gun control,
but there's no sign yet of the migration issue. It is too early to predict
another four years of inaction on the subject. Still, Mexico and its citizens
living in the United States cannot afford to let the issue pass for another
time. The 2012 Latino vote is a juncture of unprecedented importance that could
lose its novelty on the public agenda.
It is no exaggeration to say that to a great extent, the president
owes his reelection to the Hispanic vote. He was favored by over 70 percent. That's
a high figure considering that Obama not only failed to meet his promise of
immigration reform in his first year in office, but he also broke the record for
After the elections, even members of the traditionally anti-immigrant
GOP had to acknowledge that reform would indeed be discussed. Perceptions have
changed among the general public. An ABC
News/Washington Post survey from last November found that 57 percent of
Americans support a way to regularize the undocumented.
Posted By Worldmeets.US
This is perhaps the first time in the 12 years since the
tragic events of September 11 that noises favorable to its neighboring country [Mexico]
have been heard. The example of 9/11, nevertheless, should encourage the
reformers to push a legislative proposal quickly. Another unexpected event may
occur that quickly causes U.S. people to close off the possibility of an
"amnesty" for illegal immigrants. The best course would be to exploit
the current situation.
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Mexicans, even those without papers, are a great spur to the
U.S. economy. Cities like Baltimore, San Francisco and Chicago, have welcomed
them. With these new favorable winds, it's time for Hispanic civic
organizations and nationals in general, to come out of the shadows.