While Trump was enacting his anti-immigrant agenda, Latino voters seemed to have slowly warmed up to the president. In last week’s NPR/PBS/Marist poll, 41 percent of Hispanics approved of Trump’s performance (black Americans? 12 percent). This is no outlier. Another recent poll put Trump’s approval among Latinos at 35 percent. An average of both would put Trump—again, an overtly nativist president—within about 10 points of Barack Obama’s 49 percent approval among Hispanic at roughly the same time in his presidency.
This is surprising only to those with zero understanding of both Hispanics and immigrants. Anybody who thinks that immigrants will turn out in large numbers for the folks who put on the spectacle we have seen in the past several weeks is not dealing in reality.
You need to be at least a third-generation American to get it.
As for anti-immigrant agenda, again, it’s well-known that what most immigrants want the moment they get their passports is for the door to close very tight right behind them. Legalized immigrants don’t tend to want more immigration. It’s just a fact.
Plus, there are things specific to Hispanic communities that make them a very unlikely win for Democrats. I mean, gay rights, abortion, anti-religiousness, speech codes, racial justice, the PC culture – come on, are you kidding me?