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Douglas Andrews / September 30, 2021

Hispanics Are Abandoning Biden

The president’s border malfeasance is just one of the issues causing Hispanics to reconsider their political allegiance.

Not to be out-outraged by everyone else in America, Hispanics have begun to register their deep dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden. In a recent Quinnipiac poll of Hispanic Texans, Biden is way underwater, with just 37% approving of the job he’s doing while 55% disapprove. Ouch.

“Keep on calling us ‘Latinx,’ guys,” quips political strategist Giancarlo Sopo. “It’s really working!”

Indeed, he’s done a heckuva job, that Bidex. One wonders, though: What’s with the 37% that actually approves of the wreckage this wrecker has wrought? Who knew there were that many Hispanic transgender teachers union members in the Lone Star State?

Where Hispanics are concerned, Biden’s border policy — if it can be called that — is clearly more to blame for his unpopularity than anything else. How do we know? That same Quinnipiac poll found just 25% approve of his handling of the border crisis, while 66% disapprove. (The other 9% are likely afraid of being snooped on by Big Tech, then ratted out to Biden’s IRS for an audit.) Those numbers should chill leftists to the bone — especially those like Robert Francis O'Rourke, who dream of one day turning Texas brown enough to turn it blue. As Sopo astutely observes, “Contrary to myths peddled by liberal commentators, Hispanics oppose open borders.”

Heck, even Barack Obama now concedes that open borders are “unsustainable.” Even if the hacks at ABC want to censor that particular remark. As for which president had the better immigration policy, there’s no serious debate among the American people: Donald Trump.

Why might Hispanic Americans oppose open borders? For the same reasons that all other races and ethnicities oppose them. If they’re American citizens, they were either born here or they came to this country legally. Whether their parents, or their grandparents, or their great-grandparents came here for economic opportunity or to escape the endemic crime and kleptocracy of their native lands, they have a stake in the future of this nation just like all other American citizens. And they can’t be pleased by what they’re seeing along the Rio Grande. Hispanics also know their history, and they’ve seen the damage Bolivarian socialism can do. For Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats to assume that these Americans want to see more brown people streaming across the border simply because of their brownness is, well, a racist assumption.

In a recent Miami Herald op-ed, Danielle Alvarez, communications director of the Republican National Committee, dug more deeply into the Hispanic community’s growing uneasiness with Biden, which goes well beyond his patronizing behavior, well beyond patronizingly playing “Despacito” at a rally. She writes:

We need leaders who will provide tangible solutions that will help our families and businesses thrive as they did during the Trump Administration. In merely 8 months, Biden has stifled the economic recovery he inherited and reversed policies that were helping Hispanic Americans. His failed leadership is evident to all. He has enabled policies that have sent our cost-of-living skyrocketing. He has failed to shut down COVID. And he has failed to secure our borders.

Abroad, Biden’s total lack of leadership also undermines the cause of freedom around the world – look no further than 90 miles off our coast. … He did not pledge unwavering support to Cubans. Instead, he failed to continue the Trump administration’s hardline policy toward the Castro regime. Not surprising, since Biden’s Democrat Party welcomes socialists and socialist policies.

Alvarez, whose parents fled Communist Cuba, concludes: “These authoritarian decrees, socialist policies, and failed decisions are not what Hispanic Americans believe in. We choose freedom, not socialism. We want security and opportunity. We believe in hard work, and we value family and faith — not its destruction.”

Here, we’re reminded of the conversion story told by former New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Martinez, a lifelong Democrat, had joined a couple of Republican acquaintances for dinner and, after discussing matters ranging from taxes to welfare to the size of government, looked over at her husband and said, “I’ll be damned. We’re Republicans.”

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