Do Latinos Have a Say?
by lyanez on October 3, 2016 - 5:14pm
A hot topic in this year’s 2016 election is: immigration. Donald Trump has a lot to say on that subject and can always blame Mexican Americans for everything when that is just not the case. Donald Trump has continuously said that they are “criminals, rapists, and drug dealers” when in turn they have actually helped America become so-called “great again”.
In the article, “Trump Has Demonized the Latino Community”, the author Janet Marguía (2016), compels her readers to think about how much Latinos make up a large amount of the American population and are contributing citizens and should be able to exercise their right to vote. Janet Marguía makes a clear stance on how everyone in the Latino community should get their vote in because this election has included them in a lot of ways.
Recent polling asked Latinos their thoughts on if it is more important that Latinos go out and vote on election day this year than it was back in 2012? The results were undeniable. Latino Decisions found that 76% of Latino voters across the United States believe that it is more important for Latinos to vote in this year’s election. Going against on what Donald Trump has said about the Latino community being a burden in this country, we can see the effort the Latinos put in taking away the stigma. There is more recognition of registering to vote and engagement. For example, high schools are placing a senior registration curriculum to encourage in-school voter registration. It is important to be talking about this issue because many people see the Latino bunch as a people who are all automatically classified as immigrants when three out of four Latinos in America already are U.S. citizens. It is also important to see it through the shoes of a Latino. Going back to stereotypes with race, this community has gotten one of the worst demeaning comments about them when not everyone is like that. All in all, Marguía’s article provides a basis to a hugely talked about argument about whether or not Latino’s have the right to vote and how many view the situation of immigration.
Do you think that Trump has portrayed Hispanics as wicked and threatening? He has in multiple occasions said that they are bringing problems and that in order for there to be less of that trouble the US has to make Mexico build a wall. But in turn, many will shatter that wall and instead of building a divider we need to be opening a door for acceptance and growth. If you want to get an in-depth knowledge about the topic, click on the URL in the reference.
Murguía, J. (2016, September 25). In Opinion: Trump has demonized the Latino community. Retrieved from http://www.newsweek.com/trump-has-demonized-our-latino-community-501752