By KATHERINE FERNANDES
President Obama’s decision to postpone immigration reform cost some Democrats their seats in the midterm elections.
Democrat’s performance among the Hispanic community was not as good as in previous years.
Certainly, Hispanics are not happy with Obama’s job about the immigration reform. There have been more than enough excuses to postpone this reform and nothing has been done other than deporting undocumented immigrants and separating Hispanic families.
“The ideal candidate for a Latino is one who recognizes the value of family and the importance of not tearing families apart and keeping them strong,” said Maria Teresa Kumar, CEO and president of Voto Latino. “They would be on a platform to pass immigration form and they would see it as the civil rights issue of our time. They would have a frank conversation with America saying we will not be economically viable without the immigrants and their labor and their sweat.”
On the other hand, Republicans improved performance among Latinos in Tuesday’s elections.
President’s decline to act on immigration before midterm elections also made Republicans take control of some “Democratic territories.”
Latinos make up a large portion of the United States and they have a big influence on Election Day.
Clearly, lower Hispanic votes for Democrats affected some Democratic candidates in the midterm elections, including Charlie Crist, who lost his race for governor in Florida.
Incumbent Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign focused on unemployment and tax decreases in Florida, but also criticized Crist as a political opportunist and “supporter of President Barack Obama” and certainly, not many people in Florida like what Obama is doing according to the election results.
Exit polls indicate that the Republicans had more Hispanic votes from 27 percent in 2012 to 35 percent in Tuesday’s elections.
The president’s delayed action on immigration led to Democratic positions losses leaving Obama with a Republican-controlled Senate.
“There could be civil war among Democrats unless Barack Obama uses his authority to suspend deportations of undocumented immigrants,” warned Luis Gutierrez, the U.S Representative for Illinois’s 4th Congressional district.
The NBC News political team speculated: “Given the current situation, we think the White House wishes it went ahead and issued that executive action on immigration back in the summer.”
Tuesday’s results could have been different for Democrats if the president had taken different actions regarding the immigration issues.