Today's Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's discriminatory, largely unconstitutional immigration law should be just the ticket to drive Hispanic voters to the polls in November. Explains the Wall Street Journal about the one element of Arizona's bigoted law not struck down by SCOTUS:
"... the court upheld for now the law's directive that state and local police check the immigration status of people they stop when they suspect them of lacking authorization to be in the U.S... The court left open the possibility that the surviving provision could be challenged depending on how it is applied. It acknowledged concerns that the provision could lead to abuses, such as prolonged detention of arrestees while their status was being checked."
The surviving provision ensures that Arizona authorities will continue racial profiling of Hispanics. It also forces all Hispanics in the state, even those born in America, to carry extensive ID at all times, or risk deportation. Such measures are required of no other ethnic groups in the United States.
For the past decade, Hispanics have been the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. Per the 2010 Census, Hispanics comprise a politically powerful percentage of many of the fourteen 2012 battleground states, including:
- Nevada - 26.5% of Nevada population
- Colorado - 20.7% of Colorado population
- Florida - 22.5% of Florida population
- New Mexico - 46.3% of New Mexico population
And with today's SCOTUS ruling, Democrat's fondest political dreams for the Southwestern U.S. may come to fruitition: traditionally Republican red-state Arizona may turn Democratic blue in November, due to its burgeoning Hispanic population. Hispanics now comprise almost 30% of all Arizona state residents.
To further motivate Hispanic voters to actively support his reelection bid, President Obama signed an Executive Order last week temporarily implementing portions of the DREAM Act. The President's order will halt for two years deportation of about 800,000 to 1 million Hispanics under age 30 who are either attending college or working, who have no criminal records, and who meet certain other criteria.
Hispanic-Americans have long advocated for the DREAM Act, and were frustrated with President Obama when Congress narrowly failed to pass DREAM Act legislation in December 2010.
To the delight of the White House, "... more than eight in 10 Latinos approved of the president's action, most of them strongly," per a Gallup/USA Today poll released today.
In contrast, Mitt Romney, who campaigned for the Republican party presidential nomination by opposing the DREAM Act and advocating for "self-deportation" of 12 million undocumented workers and their families, has done little to reach-out effectively to the concerns of Hispanic-Americans. In fact, Gov. Romney's staunchest immigration-related stance, to date, has been to advocate for a border fence to be built along the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border... a policy abhorrent to the Hispanic community.
In the 2008 election, Barack Obama was victorious because he won the Hispanic vote in four states that historically had voted Republican in presidential races.
In 2012, Hispanic voters are again likely to decide the 2012 presidential election... and it appears that President Obama is again their overwhelming choice. Understandably so.
Washington Post: A big win for the Obama administration by Eugene Robinson
ABC News: Obama hails Supreme Court ruling on Arizona immigration law
CNN: Supreme Court mostly rejects Arizona immigration law