Washington (CNN)– It is one of the most influential voting blocks and key to the 2012 presidential election, but President Obama's popularity continues to decline among Hispanic and Latino voters and now the president is facing criticism for once again skipping a major Latino convention.
The annual conference of NALEO, The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, is being held this weekend inSan Antonio,Texas. For the third year in a row, the president declined to speak at the conference. The White House says it's simply a scheduling issue and the president cannot make it to every conference he would like to attend.
But Latino leaders, even members of the president's own party, are critical of the administration's lack of leadership in crafting a comprehensive immigration reform policy. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, (D) IL Friday told CNN, "I supported this president and I want to see him re-elected."
Gutierrez said he was with then-Senator Obama when he first addressed NALEO. Obama promised he would be back when he was elected president and would sign comprehensive immigration reform at the conference. Immigration reform has been stalled, but Gutierrez says Obama's no-show hurts, "So understand that symbolism is very important," Gutierrez said.
White House spokesman Luis Miranda told CNN in a written statement, "The scope of the President's efforts on behalf of Latinos and all Americans is not defined by his participation at one event, but rather by the work carried out every single day to put our economy back on track and spur job creation, improve access to health care, strengthen education, and reform our immigration system so that it meets America's 21st century needs."
The White House has accepted an invitation to speak at The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) convention inWashington,DClater in July.
Gutierrez says the lack of immigration reform has resulted in polls showing the president's popularity declining among Latino voters. "[W]e can reverse that decline if we bring together some really crucial public policies which he can initiate," Gutierrez told CNN.
In fact a CNN/ Opinion research Poll shows the president's approval rating among Hispanic Americans steadily falling from a high of 76% in 2009 to 67% in 2010 and 63% just this month. It's worth noting that the 63% approval rating among Hispanic Americans is still higher than the president's overall approval rating which hovers just around 50%.
In addition the Hispanic and Latino vote in 2012 will be absolutely crucial in major swing states likeFlorida, and also inNew Mexico,ColoradoandNevadawhich have extremely large and growing Hispanic populations. The National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) predicts more than 12 million Hispanic Americans will vote in next year’s elections.
With additional reporting from Paul Steinhauser
Mr. Guiterez –
Stop trying to punk the president. Tell Ruben Naverette and George Lopez the same thing. Would you rather have him in office from 2012 to 2016 or any one of those Republican candidates ; ALL OF WHOM are hostile to Latino interests and IMMIGRATION reform in particular?
If you want to increase the chances for immigration reform, work your butt off and get this President Super Majorities in the House and Senate among Democrats by using your influence. Your best bet is to arm Barack Obama with a 2nd & final term so that he can push this ball across the goal line.
To do this, you need only point out to Latinos who has unleashed a spate of anti-Latino legistlation [such as AZ-1070]; that would be the Republicans. You need only point out who has directed the Justice Department to block those measures; that would President Obama.
I know you don't honestly mean to suggest that you think the President has abandoned his committement to Latinos, do you? I'm sorry but that rings hollow to most supporters of Obama. Direct your energy and turn Missouri into a "blue" state, turn Georgia & Tennessee blue; deliver Arizona for the Democrats; and scare the elephant crap out of the Republicans in Texas. That's where you can be successful.
They can vote for Rick Perry. He was there.
Obama is the best bet Latino voters are going to get in 2012. It's up to them not to mess up their own opportunity here. I don't believe that a heavy presidential schedule, forcing him to miss one of many meetings with Latino's will stand in their way in the end. That would be too petty for such a forward-thinking demographic to weigh themselves down with. If they do let Obama down in 2012, and a Republican gets elected --- They will be setting themselves back decades. That would be beyond stupid for any demographic to even entertain. Realize which candidate is best for your interests, and don't mess it up, people!
I'm sorry to have to point out the obvious for you, but the president did have the super majority for two years in Congress and didn't do anything for the Latino community or anybody for that matter. He's only been helping Big Business by creating new regulations that make it impossible for medium and small businesses effectively compete. Also, it's time to stop thinking about how one person can help just a small group of people and help the overall nation. Mr. Obama has done enough damage to the economy and everyone's wellbeing as it is. Mr. Bush may have started a Recession but Mr. Obama is making it permanent.
Well, I can't speak for latinos, but President Obama has managed to make most registered Democrats in my family plan to vote for ANYONE else in the primaries and ANYONE else in the general election in 2012.
I mean, I get your point. But that line can only serve Democrats for so long, considering they are virtually indistinguishable from their opponents. The president leads his party in this.
Sure, the Democrats will pander to their special interests, just like the Republicans, but at the end of the day they haven't advanced the "causes" that they supposedly support much at all, but boy aren't those corporate profits looking good!
Notice that the one thing that both parties have managed to definitely do is make rich people richer. Wow, DADT was repealed. Hurray! Who cares if we can get searched by the TSA while using a public road in a private vehicle?
Everyone needs to get real and either aggressively work to get a REAL reform candidate on the ballot, or, failing that, take our rights back by force.
The problem with comprehensive immigration reform is, that most people cannot accept another amnesty bill like Reagan did in the 80`s.Rewarding lawbreakers with unearned citizenship. A combined deportation and rigid path to citizenship could be a way to resolve the issue,but it needs to be something that the majority of citizens can accept.
My reply to you Kickin' donkey....AMEN...............
Hahahah what a loon! Has the Weasel In Chief done anything in regards to Immigration reform?
It has been in office for almost 4yrs,and he has done NADA, NADA de NADA! Es un gey mentiroso!
Immigration Reform = Amnesty. Illegals cost taxpayers 113 billion a year. That figure will go far higher when the 12 million illegals get Obama care and join the 46% of working Americans who pay on fereral income tax. Does Obama care if you the taxpayer get screwed by paying for social welfare system for 12 million more who are needer than the average citizen, the answer is no. The undocumented democrates who will vote when he makes them citizens is all he cares about.
Enough is enough the truth is that Latinos are the fastest growing demagrafic and will soon be the majority, republicans are scared of that fact and are trying to do everything in thier power to keep that from happening. Hence AZ SB1070 and other laws that are created to keep Hispanics from uniting and using their political power.
Not sure where you get your #'s from. What 46% pay NO federal tax? Where does the 12 million "needier" come from. Many immigrants have very good incomes. Show us where you get the "undocumented democrats" from. You KNOW that they are "democrats? How can you claim "illegals cost taxpayers $113billion/yr? No documentation, no tracking. No statistics.
The President can't be every where all the time. Despite his incredible ability to multi-task, some things just can't be attended. Frankly, I'm tired of hearing about immigration reform in conjunction with Latinos. The majority of them in the US are citizens of citizens of citizens. No ocean crossings, no migrating north. I'm tired of the assumption by fellow Americans that my Hispanic husband is A) an immigrant to B) married to me for a green card because C) he's illegal. Being tan and speaking Spanish is not akin to being an immigrant.
WHAT? what are you on? There are about 11.2 million or more illegal aliens in the USA!
It is impossible to say exactly how many illegal aliens are living in the United States precisely because no authority documents their entry into the country. Mexicans make up the largest share of the undocumented population, at about 6.7 to 7 million people, or 59% of the total.
Obama tells us that granting citizenship to such a large group of people at once will be a tremendous boost to our tax
base, and end our exploding budget deficits. Get real, Obama!
Of course, the vast majority of illegal aliens do not now, nor will they ever make enough money to even qualify for income taxes, they will simply join the 45 percent of Americans who currently pay nothing and our National Debt will continue to soar.
The real reason Obama wants to grant the mostly Hispanic population amnesty is to secure the vote that they would then have as American citizens. Obama believes that doing so would assure Democratic control of the White House and Congress for the next several generations.
President Obama is the best thing that has happened for minorities, including Latinos. On every issue, he is aiming for meaningful actions and long-term change rather than flashy showmanship and appearances at every PC venue. Although I am in favor of immigration reform, I'm glad that he didn't throw it out for a quick death in the hostile house and filibuster-prone Senate. I'm sure that he is withholding some of his efforts for the second term, when he will put his party at less risk by pushing forward controversial changes.
Why did he not attend? The answer is simple. They can not afford him. He knows where his bread is buttered. Too bad they do not understand his underlying message. He only wants the votes. Will make speeches professing his support, but has no intention on giving you the time of day.
Fine then. Let the block vote its collective conscience. Let's see what the alternative is. Let's see, we've got some hate on the other side, greed (Hence GOP: Greedy Old People), we have some liars and hypocrites of the highest order. Go ahead and be PO'd and feel miffed and neglected then turn around and be stupid enough to vote GOP. Folks, I understand party lines and loyalty. We shouldn't hate each other for that, but this crop of GOP (not just the ones running for President) are about as phony, crony and as stupid as they come. Better think hard about them there votes.
I had read all those comments and some ignorants had comment about illegal imigrants and all say hispanic or latinos but there are not only that race there are lots from other countries like asia europe and many more even africa and only haters can say that illegals cost tax payers how wrong they are when a illegal goes to a hospital they have to pay at front before they are seen. When they get they paycheck they get taxes and all those fees like S.S and they don't claim or do incometax so who stays with the money the american legal people who seats on they ass and get welfare and food stamps and medicaid bcs they are to lazy to go work bcs there are jobs everywere but american legal citizens don't like to work either under the sun or manufacturing or restaurant or clean hostels rooms who does those jobs the latinos so get real and stop being haters bcs there is no race that are fully blood americans we all are imigrants only indians are the only one that use to be the only ones that are from america
What? Elizabeth, I didn't understand a word you wrote! LOL
What is immigration reform? Ask any mexican and they'll tell you it's amnesty. They never consider that is needs to mean that all illegals need to be deported, the borders secured, and then determine how we want to integrate E Verification, establish an agency that monitors companies hiring illegals, determine how we will fairly distribute worker visas to the other countries of the world, not just mexico, and re-examine the immigration quotas to determine if they need to be adjusted. Also, make a major percentage of visas distributed on a merit based system. We have enough illiterate, non-English speaking morons in this country. Time to send over some doctors, lawyer, and artists. THAT is immigration reform.
Every election, we hear how vital the hispanic vote is. The most lauded huge number of voters never materializes. Could it be that a large percentage are illegal and not eligible to vote?
Politics. If the mexicans move to support the Repuglicans, they will face severe illegal imigration problems later. Its the Repuglicans that want the illegals thrown out of the USof A, like Arizona, Alabama, Georgia etc., which are Repuglican states... they would be cutting their own throats....I don't think that they are that stupid. Cnn is just playing politics trying to make things happen to create new stories.
I just read a Congressional Budget Office paper titled Immigration Policies in the United States dated February 2006. Per this official document "According to the Census Bureau and the former Immigration and Naturalization Service about 7 MILLION unauthorized aliens were in the United States in 2000... 10 million in 2004... in 2004 about 203 thousand were formally removed." That number is now hovering around 55 million. Don't have a job, citizen? There ya have it. It would have cost trillions less to deport these illegal aliens than to conduct massive giveaways of taxpayer money to corporations... why was this obvious solution not taken?
This is a "HUGE" mistake on Obama's part, just when the Latin community wants to back Obama he skips their "Conference". Obama's staff it was a scheduling conflict I don't think so. Latin American community is going to remember Obama i 2012 when it really counts. Obama is picking and chosing who and where he wants to "Campaign".
Not good, Obama will sopent the next 17 months campaigning instead of worrying about the problems of the country. He's only going to worry about problem that he is being pressed on and need his attention, but as for everything else he could care less. He feels that he's the President he can do what every he wants when he wants and the American people will have to like it. Well the Latin American Community don't see that way. Your going to see the Latin American Community telling Obama to stay away their not going to support him.
Everyday Obama is losing support, he's not seeing that because all of his advisors are not telling him what is realling going on. I once said Obama is going to really "screw up" he's just about ready to reall "screw up" big time.
It is good that the president does not go to every special interest group in the country. He is supposed to represent the people of the United States. In these states there are no Latino's, African Americans and Native Americans. There are only Americans. As for the "comprehensive immigration reform." The only reform needed is the actual enforcement of existing laws. There are hundreds of thousands of people who want to immigrate to the US. The US is not able to sustain all those people. That is why the green card lottery and similar systems are in place, however imperfect. There is no need to discriminate all these legal immigrants by giving a group of illegal aliens, who broke the law to begin with. If any such discrimination should take place, those legal immigrants should get first rights over those criminals.
I for one don't think Obama is doing enough but what is the alternative. A bunch of crazy people? The healthcare bill should of had a public option. Those bankers on Wall Street should be in jail for what they have done to this country. America's wealthiest should be contributing more in taxes (like they use to have to pay, prior to 1980, when we could afford to build roads, schools, bridges etc.–our entire infrastructure)-PERIOD. That would be non-negotiable. No jobs are being created here. It would be nice if news organizations would spend more time talking about things that affect American's lives instead of someone sexting a porno star. I don't really care. I want it reported, & should be reported everyday-all day why the wealthiest country in the world can't afford to pay for the things it needs to anymore. THE SUPERRICH. They are America's #1 enemy. They are America's #1 problem & that should be reported more.
You vote GOP if you want a job? Seriously? They are the ones killing the economy here. Remember about 8 months ago when they were campaigning on jobs, jobs, jobs? They have been in office for 6 months and have not proposed any meaningful job bills whatsoever. The first thing they did was read the Constitution remember? Maybe you don't but I'm here to remind you. The economy is growing although slowly it is growing. It would probably grow faster if the GOP don't combat everything the Democrats want to do. If you think our economy is so bad, take a look at Europe, Greece in particular.
You have the facts backwards. It is the Democrats that are blocking every initiative at this moment. They are so focused on taxing "the rich" that they can't see clearly anymore. There is nothing wrong with the really rich paying more taxes, but their plans will only hurt small businesses since their inventory is counted as wealth. When the Democrats had a majority they did not have a clue what to do either. All their proposals then would have hurt the economy even worse.
If you want to see job killers, look at all the regulations, fees, laws and hoops governments, from the Feds to the local city and towns, set up to keep the ordinary person from starting a business. How much is a business license in SF, Austin or NYC? What about permits to start a remodeling job or construct a house? How about the fees charged to do business? Too much regulation and governmental control requiring a cadre of bureaucrats to enforce some pretty stupid mandates. Now how does all this affect Latinos? Well, Latinos like owning their own businesses and starting a business in this environment keeps many from beginning. Who controls government in the states with the highest taxes and greatest regulations, Democrats. The Executive branch, Obama and his adminstration, have gone crazy regulating. Congress was controlled by Demos until January 2011 and they only added to the problem. Not until Obama goes will change and hope come.
Now for the Latino, I point out the successes the Asian communities have enjoyed in the US. Asians don't whine. They don't demand handouts. They work just as hard as any Latino and they are often as poor as many Latinos are, but they study, learn and educate their children. I know because my Latino son married a Japaanese woman and my grandchildren are model students and athletes. Latinos should follow the example of the Asian immigrants in the US. Instead, they followed the Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton school of whine and demand. Instead of freedom, more handouts and the golden handcuffs of the Federal government shackling them into lives that thwart advancement. Latinos have sold out to the bureaucrat, the union bosses who oppose amnesty, and to Wall Street that lives off cheap labor. I say, throw off your chains, regroup, and vote for independence.
@Pam: Remember those happy days... the economy was growing, construction everywhere, and so on. We all had work ... we had a lot of demand for labor, there was never a sufficient number of work visas for any area, plus all the states, including Georgia always looked the other way when it came to the immigrants and the federal government also did the same when they crossed the border....It was only after 2011, when they began to look over the border. Before the immigrants returned to their countries each year, because it was easy to comeback. Now you can not, because the border is more secure, but now, there are a lot of immigrants stuck here with family responsibilities...Then the politicians realized they could use the immigration issue to win elections and began to tell half-truths of the immigrants. The reality is that it would have been easier, practical, humanitarian, economic and convenient for everyone, fix this situation with an immigration reform, but Republicans do not want, because their agenda is to do everything against Obama...
One of the most influential voting blocs? Why? Remove the Illegals and they got nothing. Sixty per cent of them support our invaders. No one cares what a traitor has to say. I feel sorry for Hispanic-Americans that are loyal to our Country. They're being drug down by the stinking illegals + traitors.
As a Latino Im not supprised with this failure-in-chief not going. Now I know why he couldn't come you know destroying our economy and handicapping our military but yeah he thinks we're like blacks of the past just whining and not working hard of which only a few did. We're a hard working people like the Irish and Italian immigrants of the past. We dont want hand outs we want to earn our money in the public sector and even start a buissiness.
Sorry I meant "private sector"- a typo.
As a Mexican American, I'm so glad I didn't vote for him. This just proves why in 2012 he'll only be a 1 term President. He does not care about Hispanics, but puts on a fake mask and pretends to be.
People tend to over think the presidents Powers. He doesn't make or debate any laws, congress does and unless they show an interest in making one it won't get done . A comprehensive immigration overhaul has been needed for many years and yet congress has shown no interest in sitting down and hashing one out. Latino's and other special interest groups put the pressure where it will do some good, on the people you elected to represent your interests. Until you do they will continue to ignore your interests!
It's a scheduling conflict, my question is this if President Obama's popularity is going down among Hispanic and Latino voters who is it going up for? Mitt Romney? Michele Bachman?. This is another attempt to criticize the president and create the impression that his support base isn't strong, when that couldn't be further from the truth.
Nazario Gonzales –
What you say sound good but is inaccurate. Obama has not burdened businesses with regulations that stifle business. In fact he has cut them – open your eyes. Now if you consider things like the Lilly Ledbetter Act [which protects equal pay for women doing equal work as a man] as stopping businesses through "regulation" – – if that is BAD – – then your values aren`t very American.
Obama has little to do with what permits you need by a local or state government. Futher, if Republican leadership was SO GOOD for the economy and job creation, what happened under 8 years of George Bush? Please open your eyes and think. You sound like an intelligent woman passionate about making America better.
To suceed in America latinos need 1st rate PUBLIC education, they need equal access to colleges, capital, markets, reources. Democrats, not Republicans, endorse that tenet.
America calls itself a Christian nation – Jesus protected the poor, the sick and told the wealthiest among the people to share their blessings with the least among us. As I look at the parties, Democrats are more likely to be "Christ-like" in their behavior. You mentioned you Japanese D-in-law whom you admire. The Japanese are team oriented, usually less selfish people – qualities you see in your grandchildren. Are republicans politicians selfless like this; not typically. Is Sarah Palin, for example, or Donald Trump, or even Mitt Romney? On selflessness, I`ll take the former community organizer before I`l take the corporate raider & job outsourcer.
BTW – While you probably are a latina, Don JJ is a white republican pretending to be latino. He wants to give the false impression that the President lacks support. He doesn`t.
Very well stated.
You are wrong. By treating Latino's as a separate group, Democrats are actually discriminating them. It makes it look like Latino's are not smart enough to go through education without help and are not competent enough to find a job without preferential treatment. Positive discrimination is still discrimination, just to everybody else. And yes, schools need to get better. Again, all measures taken by Democrats have only made the problem worse.
Sebastian, Sebastian, Sebastian! Let em set you straight! Republicans make less money than Democrats but give more to charity. They are also more likely to donate their time and twice as likely to give blood.
Democrats, who believe the government has a responsibility to redistribute income are less likely to donate money themselves. After all, why bother to give out of your own pocket when you expect the government to give instead?
When it comes to caring, Republicans stand tall amongst their liberal peers.
Liberals advocate the government putting its hand in the pocket of someone else to give to someone it decides is in need (very often this decision is based not on genuine need but political gain).
Don't like special interest groups because they "whine" to much? Thats what they're SUPPOSED to do. They're supposed to draw attention to their causes regardless of how much you fear them.
All true. And worse, he is offending Latino's by catering to illegal aliens. So, he makes it look like all Latino's are illegal aliens. This man should be kicked out of office.
go figure.......I thought our campaigner in chief would do anything to get a vote including the release of our strategic oil reserves.....
Wow Democrats don't stand for welfare or unemployment. We stand for equality, fairnes, justice for the common people not just special interest groups.
Wrong, you stand for corruption, tax evasion (Geitner anyone??), reverse racism and sexism (afirmative action), enormous government and overpaid government (aka unproductive) employees. For the first time in the US history an average government employee earns more than the average private business employee. No wonder the US dollar is dropping in value about as fast as the Zimbabwean dollar.
Democrats us us like pawns to win elections then beak their promisses. Obama is no different. They need our vote to win but then pull the rug from under us. I don't trust the dems anymore. The gop has done more for my family than the dems.
I am a Latino. I am voting for Barack Obama because, barring any last minute surprise candidate, he is the most sane person on the ballot (call it a lesser of two evils vote). My mom plans to vote against him because she feels he has betrayed senior citizens when it comes to Medicare (I disagree). My older brother will vote against him because he is a gun toting NRA member who votes along with that one issue exclusively. My younger brother will probably vote for him because he is more liberal than the other guy. Notice a pattern here? We are all Latino, yet the issues we care about are as varied as the issues white people care about. Shame on CNN for holding up this "Latino voting block" stereotype. We are as diverse a group as any other and silliness about which Latino conferences Obama did or did not attend will not affect our votes one way or the other.
In my opinion, the position of president of the US is becoming just a "public figure"..someone to come out and wave, say all is well and be on camera doing a few good deeds then back inside he goes..the ones that make the decisions we live by are the yahoos that are bought and paid for by lobbyists..senators and reps..the Pres has no power really..final say, yes..but nothing can be initiated and immediately be put into action..all goes thru house and senate..if pointing fingers is what you seek then there..
First of all- The latinos of North and South America, are the product of Spain who conquered the natives of those lands, (no natives ~indians ever complain of land etc.) * Second of all – Mexicans ie latinos or spanish; are mostly Cathlic raised and don't believe in controceptives, like the Philippines who were also conquered by Spain. Third of all – Any person who comes to this country and raises a flag of another country to has no respect for America.
I'm glad he didn't attend, especially La Raza, enough of this racist Latino gang mentality. Should he attend every Chinese, Korean, German, Polish, European, Asian, etc. conference too? Just because Latinos flock en masse due to the proximity and because they tend to procreate more rapidly than other groups doesn't mean other groups of "new" Americans are less important! So no, do not go to any Latino meetings as apparently their "race" (even though there's no such thing as a Latino race) is more important to many than the fact they're Americans.
I agree. We're all Americans of such and such heritage. Tired of the press 2 for Spanish whenever I'm on the phone. Where's press 3 for Mandarin, press 4 for French, press 5 for Korean, etc.? In case you wonder it's unnesesary because the vast majority of our immigrants adjust to their new home country and learn to speak English. Many, not all but many Latinos do not because they're fed this "anti-white" racist propaganda that speaking English amounts to surrendering their heritage. A bunch of nonsense of course but that's how La Raza justifies it's existence. La Raza is the Latino version of Acorn, just as corrupt and just as wrong.
So in a nutshell treat ALL immigrant groups the same, no preferential treatment for Latinos (ie. Spanish option on ATMs, phone calls, menus, etc. Spanish translators – paid with OUR taxes! – in hospitals, government institutions, etc. If you do it in Spanish do it in ALL immigrant languages too – NO exceptions! A Brazilian, German, Korean, Chinese, South African or Egyptian immigrant is as important as someone who calls himself a "Latino."
...and yes, spelling is definitely my Achilles' heel but you get the point...
I agree that catering to the spanish speaking community in itself is discriminating. I also believe that if you want to be an american citizen (no specific group of people) you should take the legal steps to become one.That way you can hold your head high and not fear any retaliation when it comes to immigration.
If you believe Obama is going to do any immigration reform, your in denial. Immigration reform was hot back in the 2008 and 2010 election. Obama made promises to Latino's then and did nothing, which is the same thing he will do if reelected NOTHING. Obama and the Democrates were in charge 2008 and 2009 nothing was done to reform immigration. Everyone blames Bush but totally forgets that the DEMOCRATES had control of both house of congress.
Now Republicans have control of one house and everything is thier fault. Obama whines and cries. We need a President and Congress that work for the people. You want reform then pay attention to what your Rep and Senator 's vote for. They don't work for the people then Vote them out of office. Stop voting the same do nothing people back into office. Stop voting Democrate and Republican vote for the person that's going to work for you. Everyone stated doing that Rep and Senators would start really listening to us. Noone knows is Romney will make a good President, But we do know President Obama doesn't make a good President. He had all the Power he needed in 2008 and 2009 to get reform done and he did NOTHING. Now just more short stop gaps and dead promises that he once again won't keep.