Tuesday, July 5, 2011

U.S. Hispanics An Emerging Political And Economic Force By 2012

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An emerging political and economic force for Hispanics expanding within the U.S.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 5, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The lates U.S. Census reports that Hispanics have become the largest major minority in the country and make up 16.3%  or more than 50 million of the U.S. population. In the 2010 elections, only 6.6 million Latinos voted, according to the PEW Hispanic Center.
Today, 12 million of Hispanics make up the voting age population and U.S. Hispanics will reach 1.3 trillion of spending economic power by 2012 and 1.7 trillion by 2013.
In 2004, former U.S. President George W. Bush (R) received 40% of the Hispanic vote to get re-elected. In 2008, 67% of Hispanics voted to elect Barack H. Obama (D) as President.
Throughout the U.S., local, county, state and public officials are working on redistricting their public elected representative districts by U.S. Census results as federally mandated every ten years. Census population results will indicate the number of public officials to be elected in local governments and states. The Census also determines the amount of federal funding each state receives.
In many states, local, county and state governments are facing legal challenges for trying to eliminate or preventing majority Hispanic districts. Latinos having a majority percentage of voting age population districts can elect Hispanics into office.
The U.S. Census results indicate an unstoppable emerging Hispanic influence, including a political and economic force in the U.S.
In the last six years, Hispanics have formed national networks to communicate, have flex their voting power multiple times, and have a multi-billion dollar purchasing wealth.
Hispanics have gradually learned to manage their own spending dollar. The most empowering strategic move today for Hispanics, is that Latinos in the U.S. have spread the word through texting, e-mails and social networks, to advocate and engage in limited spending. Latinos are buying bare essentials only and support businesses that support immigration reform.
"Don't over spend," but spend within Latino communities has become the new grassroots movement to influence immigration reform for 2012.
Latinos are adapting by managing their projected economic buying power of an estimated $1.3 trillion by 2012. Hispanics managing their hard earned money and where to spend it will most likely last until an immigration reform bill is passed.
In early December, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report indicated that the approval of the DREAM Act would help cut the federal deficit by $1.4 billion, and generate $2.3 billion in corporate and social insurance taxes within the next ten years. http://bit.ly/fk6B3N
Last year, the DREAM Act was killed in the U.S. Senate because it failed to get the needed 60 votes to prevent a filibuster inorder for the bill to proceed for a Senate vote.
Recently, more than 1,000 of undocumented immigrants are being deported per day (387,790 per year) under Obama's administration (400,000 families with U.S. citizen members are being destroyed by deportations according to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights), compared to almost 650 daily deportations (240,000 per year) under former President George W. Bush. (Source: La Jornada Morelos, 3/9/2010)
Eventhough, Bush committed himself for Immigration Reform and the Repulican majority in the U.S. Congress during the Bush administration failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
Since being elected, President Obama has failed to influence passage of immigration reform or the DREAM Act. Obama has the executive privilege to use discretion and to stop the mass deportations of undocumented parents of more than 4 million U.S. born children. President Obama hasn't kept his word in passing immigration reform or hasn't used his discretion to allow millions of undocumented students to stay in the country while Congress can work out differences and pass the DREAM Act.
Today, the Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives and the Democrats have a majority in the U.S. Senate. Previously in 2006, the Democrats had control of both houses, but failed to pass the DREAM Act or any legislation concerning immigration reform.

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