Maria Hinojosa on Election 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

President Barack Obama walks away from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney after the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012. (Getty)

Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR's Latino USA and co-anchor of Need to Know on PBS, talks about the presidential campaign.

→ Event: Hinojosa will be featured tonight at the New School in a panel that will discuss the politics surrounding latino voters in this year's election. Find out more here.


Maria Hinojosa

Comments [26]

Amy from Manhattan

Mitt Romney said it again: Democrat[ic] supermajorities in both houses. And Barack Obama didn't say it again: not enough Democrats in the Senate to stop a filibuster.

Oct. 19 2012 01:33 AM
oscar from ny

Did yu guys catch when romney talked about the actual chip,... i wonder about mr ryan's future, i was so sure some ppl wanted him to be president...hmmm this just leaves us with the present
and bloomberg wants to be president too..

Oct. 18 2012 08:41 PM
Lenore (for Brian et al.) from Manhattan

following up on Jake--does the Dream Act provide for green cards for students? I was surprised to hear the guest's description of the dangers for green card holders. Is that accurate?

Oct. 18 2012 06:32 PM
DTorres from Manhattan

Every country, including the USA, has a right to decide who is allowed to
remain in their country.
Those that enter any country illegally should not expect to be allowed to

Ask Ms. Hinojosa about Mexico's Immigration Policies.
Mexico does not tolerate illegal aliens on their soil, they kick them
right back.

Those that wish to be reunited with their loved ones, can do so in
their country of origin, not the U.S.

Oct. 18 2012 12:31 PM

I am glad to read other comments that reflect my feelings on this topic. I am disturbed by the tendency these days to label as racist anyone who feels there should be a crackdown on illegal immigration. There IS an economic impact and a driving down of wages by illegal immigration. That has nothing to do with race or where you come from, that's the fact of economy.

Oct. 18 2012 10:57 AM
CK from Westchester

BK and others have pointed to what I had been thinking as well: this left leaning group doesn't seem to support he amnesty plan. Illegal immigrants can't be lumped in with all immigrants: they are breaking the law. As someone else pointed out, they didn't just "lose" their paperwork.

What I can't understand is why legal immigrants so strongly support others who are here illegally and in spite of protests to the contrary, are not paying taxes (if they're afraid to buy a car, you think they're off filing taxes for pay gotten in cash, under the table?) They drive pay rates down and burden the system. Why if you arrived here legally and are paying taxes etc. would you be supportive of illegal immigrants?

Oct. 18 2012 10:44 AM
BK from Hoboken

The guest's various assertions about how much the administration has cracked down on illegals are an extremist position. Just take a look at the comment board- quite a liberal leaning audience have basically said she is off base. When she defends someone who gets busted for breaking the law and is then deported, she loses mainstream supporters like me. (And they are here illegally, as much as I might empathize with their positions, so lets call it what it is- its not like they HAD documents and misplaced them).
As for her accent, I don't care if someone pronounces my name with a German accent, an this does go to an effort to assimilate that older generations of immigrants went through. Te guest has previously filled in for other NPR hosts, and used her accent so much that I couldn't understand some words.

Oct. 18 2012 10:36 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

There must be Voter ID for people to vote in American elections. Proof of citizenship.

The only people who would be against Voter ID would be parties that which to cheat in elections.

Oct. 18 2012 10:28 AM
ebsjb from Manhattan

Can you please ask Ms. Hinajosa that, if she is going to pronounce Latin-Americans' names with a strong Spanish accent-- especially when they don't themselves or are American-born--she must pronounce every other ethnic name with its respective accent. That goes for MacFarland, Shultz, Tao, Prokuski and on and on. Her singling out Spanish names with an ethnic recognition is insulting to every other ethnic group, chauvinistic and totally undermines her self-representation as an immigration advocate. Indeed, she is hypocritically indentifying people as non-American even as she speaks of their desire to be assimilated into American society.

Oct. 18 2012 10:27 AM

Obama has deported criminals...not those who are here to work. He has done what he a Latino voter, I am glad he was able to get the dream act passed; it is a smart policy. It only makes sense that if the USA has educated these young individuals, we keep their talents here so they can give back to society. If you are contributing, why wouldn't we welome you to stay?

Oct. 18 2012 10:23 AM

See, this is what I find so bothersome. New program - amnesty/road to citizenship for those who are here illegally but haven't otherwise broken the law -- and yet there is STILL complaining and the desire to bend more rules (ie, complaining that the program should apply to law breakers). Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth... Come on.

Oct. 18 2012 10:23 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Name one country that has open borders and lets people come and go as they wish.

Certainly no socialist country has open borders.

Oct. 18 2012 10:21 AM

Ask Hinojosa where she got the information about the deportation risks faced by green card holders.

Oct. 18 2012 10:20 AM
john from office

sanych, yes you are right and we support robbing 7/11's and always remember, Obama is a muslim born in Kenya.

Oct. 18 2012 10:18 AM
Jessie Henshaw from Way Uptown

Didn't ALL the confusion about immigration originally come from political decisions to give "small businesses" a pass on hiring migrant labor at below minimum wages?? Thirty years ago wasn't there a choice made, to assure people who wanted to hire illegal immigrants that Immigration and the IRS would never come after them for being scofflaws?

Oct. 18 2012 10:18 AM
Seth Pickenstiff

Please ask this woman why on earth someone dealing drugs, as she just said, should not be deported????

Oct. 18 2012 10:17 AM

"There would have to be some kind of cause" for deportation. Not anymore. Obama has asserted the right (and courts have refused to assert Constitutional principles contradicting Obama's claims) to summarily declare people guilty of crimes. This has been seen repeatedly in the case of Muslims, including natural-born citizens, in the US.

Oct. 18 2012 10:17 AM

Like/Don't Like a Romney position? Give it a month, it will change.

The question for me is whether Mr. Romney is a flip-flopper (changes his mind after reflection) or a panderer (wraps his actual belief in language that makes the listener think that they agree). Neither is an admirable trait for a candidate for President but they are both human traits and to some degree have to be accepted.

Every time I hear him speak, my ear catches a misrepresentation of the President's position or an inconsistency with a previous Romney position.

Oct. 18 2012 10:17 AM

just another reason not to drive drunk!!?!

Oct. 18 2012 10:16 AM
Latisha from Brooklyn

get this guest off the air. why do we promote breaking the law?!!

Oct. 18 2012 10:16 AM
Mark Tapley

Sorry, but both presidents are just blowing smoke on this issue. Obama wasn't going to do it in his first year, because he was still trying to be the Uniter then. See how that worked out. Immigration will not happen until it is bi-partisan, and we're not even close in the House. Who the president is has not a lick to do with it. And trying to use a super majority to do it would have prevented health care reform from ever happening, and that impacts many more Americans. HC is far more important than immigration. Stop holding your breath on this topic.

Oct. 18 2012 10:15 AM

She answered my question.

So, blacks will vote for Obama because he is black. Latinos will vote for him because he does not deport illegal immigrants.

Hmm... Battle lines are drawn...

Oct. 18 2012 10:14 AM
Ed from Larchmont

President Obama, I've read, has deported more Hispanic Americans than any previous president. He only put in the temporary two year break for young people because Senator Rubio was about to float a comprehensive plan. President Obama not the friend he says he is.

Oct. 18 2012 10:14 AM
BK from Hoboken

Romney changing his positions to go with the political winds?! NOOOOO!!

Oct. 18 2012 10:13 AM

In general, do Latinos support illegal immigration?

Oct. 18 2012 10:01 AM
oscar from ny

..governor Romney cannot help labeling ppl..

Oct. 18 2012 09:46 AM

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