The Washington Times recently published an article stating that Donald Trump may be doing better among Hispanic voters than what you read in much of the mainstream media.
The Times’ chief political writer, Ralph Z. Hallow, spoke with various pollsters and activists who believe that Trump’s support among Hispanics is much higher than what many polls show.
Why? Jobs and the economy.
Donald Trump is seen as a job creator, much more than any other Republican presidential candidate. This greatly appeals to Hispanics who are both native-born Americans as well as legal immigrants, because they fear that illegal immigrants will take away their jobs if the amnesty plans of President Obama ever fully come to fruition.
Mark Sanders, a former Democrat campaign adviser in Texas, is quoted in the article as saying, “This stuff you read about how Hispanics are going to run away from Trump in droves is a Northeastern myth. Most Hispanics here in East Texas are here legally, they vote, and they are hard-line opponents of illegal immigration. The only one they want is Trump.”
Sanders added, “They have hard-core patriotism – just what Trump plays into.”
Here at Legal Immigrants for America (“LIFA”), we have seen the very same thing. In all of our speaking engagements, conference participation, and media opportunities, we have seen quite clearly that legal immigrants – be they Hispanic or from any other culture – are the ones who are most opposed to illegal immigration and amnesty. They know that illegal immigration kills jobs for legal immigrants and native-born Americans.
Carlo Maffatt, a Mexican immigrant who lives in Las Vegas and who was a Republican activist in 2012, observed in the article, “I don’t care if he [Trump] likes me or not as a Hispanic or Latino, as long as he creates the jobs he promised. The job of the president of the United States is to create jobs, not to be the friend of every American.”
It all goes back to jobs. That is another thing that we regularly see at LIFA. And that’s why Donald Trump is at the top of most presidential polls. Americans of all cultures and ethnicities are buying what Trump is selling.
Certain polls have shown that Donald Trump is highly unpopular among Hispanics, but even those working for other Republican presidential candidates aren’t in agreement.
Neil Newhouse, a Republican pollster working for Jeb Bush’s super PAC, believes that there is a hidden vote among Hispanics for Trump. “It is going to be socially unacceptable among Hispanics to say they are for Trump. So Hispanics who hold pro-Trump views may keep them close to their chests.”
Niger Innis, a national leader with the Congress of Racial Equality and a friend of LIFA, observed, “Trump is actually doing surprisingly well among Hispanics. If Trump maintains the 27% Latino vote I think he has, and gets just 20% of the black vote, he’ll not only be elected president, he’ll be elected in a landslide that will completely remake the electoral map.”
LIFA agrees. While LIFA, as a non-profit organization, is not able to issue an endorsement of any presidential candidate, nonetheless we have seen the great support that Trump has among both native-born Americans and legal immigrants as well, based on his message of job creation and stemming the tide of illegal immigration. It is a message that has resonated very strongly in 2015, and one which LIFA believes will also continue to resonate all the way to Election Day in 2016.