Florida's Latino Voters

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dario Moreno, professor of political science at Florida International University, discusses the importance of the Latino vote in Florida as the GOP primary nears, and how the candidates are engaging Hispanic voters. Pilar Marrero, reporter and columnist for the La Opinión, a Spanish-language daily newspaper in the U.S., also joins us to explain what we can learn about the Latino vote from the Florida primary.


Pilar Marrero and Dario Moreno

Comments [15]

Eugene (Gene) Cole from Wellington Florida

As usual brilliance from Dr Moreno and Florida International University.
The "big wind" from the Network political pundits will be put to the test.
Dr Moreno is local and clued-in far beyond the 30,000 foot view that
the networks chose to provide.
Great Work and Great Insights.

Gene Cole
Wellington Fl

Jan. 31 2012 02:15 PM
Isabel from New York City

I stand corrected. I just listened to the rebroadcast regarding the Latino vote in Florida. Mr. Lehrer, you said it correctly about Puerto Rican being US Citizens.

Jan. 26 2012 05:26 PM
Isabel from New York City

It was a busy morning and as a result I was in and out of your broadcast. I caught something you said regarding the Latino vote in Florida which is that Puerto Ricans are not US Citizens. Puerto Ricans are born US Citizens since 1918. If I misunderstood what you said, please accept my apology. Thank you for your fine programming.

Jan. 26 2012 02:39 PM
fm from nyc

Not strictly on the Latino vote - but on the polls in Florida. I can't understand why the media, including WNYC, are currently not commenting on the major swing that has just taken place in the polls. Gingrich swung into the lead, following South Carolina, they then had a debate on Monday - and now Romney has swung into a big lead. I think the debate on Monday was crucial - Romney's attack on Gingrich was pretty devastating I thought, but this idea was dismissed at the time. Now, the swing in the poll numbers is at least suggestive that Romney was extremely effective on Monday - isn't it? As I say, I'm puzzled on the media silence about this - hello WNYC?? Isn't there a story here right in front of your eyes?

Jan. 26 2012 11:02 AM
Mike from Inwood

Of course, most of the discussion of undocumented workers is moot in Florida where the majority of 'Hispanic' voters are Cuban and in a completely different legal status than, say, Mexicans.

Jan. 26 2012 11:01 AM
Mike from Inwood

The Truth from Becky asserts: "Sure let's vote for the republican's who have a plan in place to systematically deport us from this Country...what a laugh!"

Becky: This seems to be the policy of the Obama administration, too. The Democrats simply don't refer to it so openly, but many of their union supporters do not want to see the supply of unskilled labor increase which only puts downward presure on wages here. The speaker Pilar was correct in claiming that many Republican owners of businesses do not want to do amything that causes the undocumented to leave which they fear will raise the wages they must pay. I think Pilar is wrong though when she assumes Romney supports the use of illegal labor simply because he's a Republican.

Jan. 26 2012 10:58 AM
Mike from Inwood

Jenn from UES: Please! Undocumented immigrants only face prison time and then deportation if they bring themselves under the scrutiny of law enforcement. Undocumented people leaving the US are not routinely asked for US documentation before they are allowed to leave. The term 'Self-deportation' has easily been used for years (I first heard it on WNYC-AM at least 5 years ago) to described the policy of making work difficult to find and thus removing the incentives the undocumented stay in the US.

Jan. 26 2012 10:51 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I thought the E-Verify system (which Romney mentioned) turned out to be inaccurate.

Jan. 26 2012 10:50 AM
The Truth from Becky

I am so sure Mitt appreciates everyone knowing his father is/was mexican...yepper

Jan. 26 2012 10:47 AM

I only now Marco Rubio because of the opposition he has to immigration reform. Hispanic people may not know this because he seems to only want to say this when he is amongst other Republican supporters. I am embarrassed he is actually Hispanic, and more so Cuban. The struggles of his people do nothing for him to understand the struggles on non-Cuban immigrants.

Jan. 26 2012 10:47 AM
The Truth from Becky

Sure let's vote for the republican's who have a plan in place to systematically deport us from this Country...what a laugh!

Jan. 26 2012 10:46 AM
Mike from Inwood

Brian acts incredulous when the phrase "self-deportation" is mentioned. Please... This has been in common parlance for years; at least since the late George W. Bush years.

Jan. 26 2012 10:44 AM
BK from NJ

Romney's anti-immigration statements from his first dozen debates have not been erased from the public record. Does he think that FL Latinos won't remember that?
As for the Cuban vote, he will still get the old timers but many younger Cubans could care less about Castro. The older ones are living in the past.
In the end, neither will Gingrich nor Romney will fare well in the general election with Latinos.

Jan. 26 2012 10:43 AM
Jenn from UES

Self-deportation? Undocumented people face prison time when upon exit from this country. They don't just let you out.

Jan. 26 2012 10:39 AM
Brenda from NJ

Mit Romney thinks that people who have lived here, have kids, are married, have a established life will actually go back to their country of origin. Undocumented people, who although may live mediocre life, still live a better life than they would in their countries. Putting strain on the people feeding the family will not solve the issue of illegal immigration.

Jan. 26 2012 10:38 AM

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