Results from Tuesday’s elections are still coming in but it’s clear that the Republican party will have control of both legislative houses. The anger against Obama’s policies has fueled the wave and the GOP has done a marvelous job at taking advantage and now are riding it to the top.
I am sure Democrats are losing big with these results but if there is one big loser that is the immigrant community. Obama had promised that after the mid-term elections he would sign executives orders that would help millions of immigrants to stay in this country. Now, that might need to be put on hold as Obama moves now to the opposition and has to make deals with a Republican congress to advance his agenda. Even for the GOP, immigration reform is not a top priority and will be put in the parking lot for later discussion. Most likely they will fight to reform Obama Care and will work to position their candidates for the next Presidential election.
Again, as it has happened during the last 30 years, we have to wait to see if politicians have the guts to take on this issue. The blame is on everybody, Democrats, Republicans, the White House and more important, on us. Yes, we have to drive the change, we have to get every immigrant eligible to vote TO VOTE. In Tuesday’s election in Los Angeles, less than 15% of Latinos voted. There is no way we can accomplish anything or put some pressure on our politicians with those numbers.
Also, if we get everyone to vote, we need to choose carefully. Don’t blindly vote Democrat, or Republican, get the facts! We have very short memory, neither Democrats nor Republicans nor Latinos remember that it was a Republican who signed the last biggest immigration reform bill back in 1986. Yes, thank you Mr. Ronald Reagan.