It’s going to take facts and concrete actions—not words or tone—for the true leaders in the GOP to bring Hispanics into the fold, to make them feel included and invested.
When prominent Hispanics took to the stage during the Republican Convention, the GOP may have finally accomplished the first step in winning back Latino voters. But while Romney and company have nailed the first part, now it’s time for them to get working on the second part.
I had the privilege to be invited by Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, to address their National Executive Committee on February 10, 2012. I discussed my recent trip to Israel as part of a group of Latino journalists, as well as my own very personal journey over the past year that had led me to learn more about myself, the Jewish people and to develop a personal friendship with Abe.
Many Democrats and Republicans, as well as some in the media, don’t seem to understand that immigration is a non-issue for Florida’s Hispanic community. The reason is simple: when it comes to immigration, the differences between Hispanics are so great that I believe there’s a Latino cultural divide in America, something that many don’t realize and certainly don’t report.
Two state senators in Arizona read some dubious, racist accusations against Hispanics right into the Senate record as though they were fact. Unfortunately, these type of stereotypes and lies are all too familiar to those of us who are used to hearing attacks against Latinos veiled in disguise as part of a legitimate “debate” about our nation’s broken immigration system.