NBCLatino: Is the DNC Energizing Latino Voters

By DrVMDS on July 28, 2016

Democratic National Convention Election 2016 Briefing

By DrVMDS on July 26, 2016

Trump Ends Convention as He Started Campaign: Linking Immigrants to Crime

By DrVMDS on July 22, 2016

This piece originally appeared on NBCNews.com

CLEVELAND — Donald Trump accepted the GOP’s nomination Thursday in the same way he launched his campaign: slamming immigrants and linking them to crime.

Trump didn’t budge from his combative stance on immigration as he wrapped up the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

He officially accepted the party’s nomination for president by telling a pumped-up crowd that the nation’s security is under threat from immigrants and illegal immigration.

“Nearly 180,000 people with criminal records ordered deported from our country are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” he said.

“We are going to build a great border wall,” Trump said to cheers, saying this will stop drugs, crime and violence.

Trump’s remarks were met with chants of “Build a Wall,” which has become one of the slogans of his campaign.

Trump reminded the crowd that on Monday night they heard from three people whose loved ones were murdered by immigrants not legally in the country.

“We heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants … They are just three brave representatives of many thousands,” Trump said.

Trump’s speech topped a week of convention speakers linking immigrants in the country illegally to crime. Continue Reading

GOP Latinos See Vulnerability for Cruz, Who Said He’s Not ‘Servile Puppy Dog’

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This post originally appeared on NBCNews.com

CLEVELAND — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of only three Latinos in the Senate, failed Wednesday to bounce from his refusal to endorse Donald Trump at the convention, leaving many wondering if the Republican junior senator has put his 2018 political prospects in jeopardy.

His Tuesday night speech drew loud boos from Trump supporters as they realized he was not going to throw the backing behind the man who was scheduled to accept the GOP nomination for president Thursday night.

“I think this could make him vulnerable in Texas for his next senatorial election, who knows. A lot of people are talking,” said Artemio “Temo” Muniz, head of the Texas Federation for Hispanic Republicans. Continue Reading

NPR’s In The Thick Podcast: The Clash of Immigration & Affirmative Action

By DrVMDS on July 6, 2016

Why Supreme Court Immigration Decision Is Best Possible Outcome

By DrVMDS on June 27, 2016

This post originally appeared on NBCNews.com

Heartbreaking, was how President Obama described the Supreme Court decision that keeps his immigration executive orders blocked. It is indeed a heartbreaking outcome but politically it was the best possible outcome for undocumented immigrants and supporters of immigration reform.

Politics is a long, slow, iterative game. Last week’s decision keeping in place an injunction on deferred deportation action for childhood arrivals and for the parents of citizen children allowed immigration reform to dodge a potentially lethal bullet and to see a more permanent solution develop.

On the surface it seems that the lifting of the injunction would have been the best outcome. This would have been the worst. Continue Reading

Is This a Second Chance for Rubio?

By DrVMDS on June 25, 2016

This post originally appeared on NBCNews.com

Marco Rubio has thrown his hat in the ring for the Senate race that just a couple of days ago he shunned. He enters the race a front-runner, but just barely. The obstacles that face him are not just numerous but messy.

The fact that Rubio has changed his mind and decided to run for the Senate instead of becoming a private citizen is not surprising. He is a political animal with the highest of political ambitions — his run for the presidency a case in point. And add to that a hard sell by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and fellow GOP colleagues to stay on.

There’s no question as to the motivation for Rubio to seek out a second chance. The question is whether Florida voters are willing to give him a do-over. And in deciding that, here are a couple of questions Floridians will have to ask themselves:

Are we just a consolation prize? Continue Reading

Latino Democratic VP Pick? Betting Odds Are On…

By DrVMDS on June 17, 2016

This post originally appeared on NBCNews.com

First things first. Vice presidential picks don’t make or break the election for the top of the ticket.

Research shows that there is no home state advantage and that the percentage of people who cross party lines because of a vice presidential pick is well below one percent. Yet vice presidential picks are important because of the defense they can provide. That is especially the case this year where it is going to get very ugly very quick.

Hillary Clinton will need a seasoned, suave, and ruthless attack dog. So far about two-dozen names seem to fit that bill. Though Sen. Elizabeth Warren is often mentioned, most of the possible picks are men. Three of them—Julian Castro, Thomas Perez, and Xavier Becerra—are Latino.

The likelihood of Clinton choosing a Latino are as good if not slightly higher than her choosing a white male, female or African-American running mate. There are pros and cons for choosing someone from each of these groups.

However, what I am willing to put money on is who the Latino nominee is if she goes with a Latino VP pick. Continue Reading

Latino California and a Look Into the Nation’s Future

By DrVMDS on June 4, 2016

This post originally appeared on NBCnews.com

In the last two years Latinos in California surpassed non-Latino whites. Demographics may not be destiny, but California sure gives us a big clue of what Latino politics nationally will mature into. So as the Golden State comes into the spotlight for it’s June 7 primary, it is useful to look a little deeper into its Latino political dynamics. Continue Reading

MSNBC’S Morning Joe: Can Latinos Look Past Trump’s Tone?

By DrVMDS on June 3, 2016

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