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Florida Latino Voters: 'We Don't Think The Government Represents Us'

Christina Detz |
October 9, 2012 | 1:11 p.m. PDT

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This piece is part of an Annenberg News 21 collaboration with The Guardian examining the Latino vote in the 2012 presidential election. 

Almost a third of the state's Hispanic voters say they have no party preference. (Christine Detz/News21)
Almost a third of the state's Hispanic voters say they have no party preference. (Christine Detz/News21)
Poinciana sits in the heart of the vote-rich Interstate-4 corridor where the battle for Florida—and quite possibly the White House itself—will soon be fought. This is the ultimate swing region, in the ultimate swing state, with Latino voters holding their fingers on the scale.

"The I-4 corridor generally is divided; whichever party can capture the voters generally does well," explains David Colburn, director of the Reubin O'D. Askew Institute on Politics and Society at the University of Florida. "The southeastern part of the state typically votes Democrat, the northern part and significantly the southwest vote Republican."

Poinciana is a bedroom community of 54,000 residents 20 minutes outside Orlando that started out as a retirement development 40 years ago. But the population here is no longer dominated by older, white retirees. Poinciana went from 65 percent white in 2000 to 51 percent Hispanic in 2010. Puerto Ricans make up almost 70 percent of the community's Hispanic population with small numbers of Dominicans, Mexicans and Cubans mixed in. These are the voters who could swing the state—if, that is, they show up to the polls.

While Barack Obama can win a second term without a Florida victory, many analysts see no viable path to the White House for Republican challenger Mitt Romney if he loses the Sunshine State. Voters in Puerto Rico tend to favor Democratic candidates over Republican ones, and registration statistics in central Florida reflect this preference.

However, almost a third of Hispanic voters here have no political party preference. It is these voters that Obama and Romney need to woo.

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David Francis (not verified) on October 10, 2012 2:16 PM

IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE “RULE OF LAW” YOU WILL STAND BY THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, WHETHER YOU ARE A LEGAL HISPANIC-AMERICAN, OR ANY OTHER RACE AGAINST THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CURSE, WHICH IT’S COSTING TAXPAYERS BILLIONS; A MASSIVE GROWING PROBLEM AND POLITICIANS MINDLESSLY PANDERING AND BETRAYING ALL OF US.

Join your local TEA PARTY.org is fighting back against the overall corruption in the dominant political parties and elected officials. NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE UNDER THE DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS. HOW MUCH MORE CAN AMERICA TAKE? SKY ROCKETING GAS PRICES, WHEN THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS COMMANDEERED “THE PEOPLE’S LAND, AND ONLY A FEW PERMITS FOR ENERGY COMPANIES TO DRILL FOR OIL, LOCATE NATURAL GAS AND HAVE DECIMATED THE COAL INDUSTRY. THIS NATION COULD BE INDEPENDENT OF COUNTRIES THAT HATE US, AND WE COULD BE SELLING OUR OVER ABUNDANT RESOURCES TO FRIENDLY COUNTRIES THAT ARE HURTING. THE SATURATION OF EPA RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT IS SMOTHERING SMALL BUSINESS CREATIVITY; ANY CHANCE OF A NEW TAX REFORM CODE, THAT WOULD ERASE SPECIAL INTERESTS OR THE WEALTHY, BUT FAIRNESS FOR ALL, EQUITY FOR ALL?

TERM LIMITS IN WASHINGTON, SO THE POLITICIANS WILL BE FREE FROM FIGHTING FOR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND THE MONEY FAVORS CORPORATE ENTITIES. WHAT THE TEA PARTY INSISTS ON IS RETURNING MANY RIGHTS TO THE STATES, INSTEAD OF BEING ADMINISTERED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SUCH AS HEALTH CARE. THE MOST OMINOUS ISSUE OF IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GROWING LIKE A DANGEROUS WEED WITHOUT ANY RECOURSE. A MONOLITH THAT IS TAKING OVER EVERYTHING--A TERRIBLE EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT IS FAILING, A TAKEOVER OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THE DISMANTLING OF OUR ENERGY RESOURCES AND THE THREAT TO OUR LIBERTIES AND SAFETY FROM ENEMIES ABROAD.

Obviously the 47 percent mainstream Liberal-Communist-Marxist progressives will provide the ammunition to attack Romney, but they will stay quite about the pandering to the "Freeloaders" the scroungers and those parasites and illegal aliens who live off the rest of us. Not forgetting that many in the percentage are the infirm and handicapped that needs a helping hand.

The children of illegal aliens for years have played the price, as they were young children without status when brought here by criminal parents? Today there has been a remedy for them through President Obama’s executive preference, although it should have been voted on in the Congress. This inconceivable problem will never go away and will indeed get far worse unless Congress enacts the BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL. It is highly controversial and unless an amendment is forthcoming, the state treasuries will be forever drained. Pregnant mothers coming here with the deliberate plan to have their child on welfare and the hundreds of Billions of dollars extracted by inept federal laws of that says children born here automatically receive citizenship. The illegal alien parent is feeding from the welfare trough, without ever paying a cent into the fund. This can only escalate further as President Obama is encouraging illegal immigrants and migrants to come, by delivering free food stamps without any restrictions. Just look at California, THE SANCTUARY CITY STATE" Where Los Angeles city Administrator gave out the latest payout of the children of illegal alien parents. Two months and a hundred sixty million dollars later and now Los Angeles is pushing for another tax hike. This is incredulous-to let our lousy, incompetent federal government pay for all these illegal aliens in this border state. NO WONDER CALIFORNIA IS IN A DOWNWARD FISCAL SLIDE?

Only the enactment to this amendment can stop this problem by making it official that only the children of at least one parent being a U.S. citizen. Also waiting for a vote in the House is mandatory E-verify “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” law to halt illegal aliens taking citizens and lawful resident’s jobs. Why this law sit’s dormant stands to show how many the politicians care about the legal workers, although this law has been carefully hidden from site by none other than Democrat majority leader Harry Reid. Why with 8.1 percent of Americans are jobless, why either the House or Senate refuses to bringing either of these laws to the floor.

Many states have no significant enforcement of Voter laws, specifically those governed at state level by Democrats? States that are closest to the border region will be heavily compromised by non-citizens voting in election cycle. Lacking any true overseeing of voter fraud, such as people voting in two states, illegal aliens-intentionally or not-voting or even absentee ballots easily altered, we hope that the impartial people such as the TEA PARTY or other unbiased organizations can check all and every discrepancy immediately or after the general, state and local elections. FLORIDA--will be watched carefully for irregularities by many groups including TEA PARTY members in the voting, with criminal violators being slapped with a felony.

If you are legally here in America you should be voting for the TEA PARTY as they slip into the open ranks of both political parties. It don't matter where you came from, your skin color, you are just as threatened by the party of Obama and his Czars, who will destroy the American dream. Blacks, whites, Hispanic or any other bloc of citizens who will eventually suffer from job loss, sovereignty rights and the freedoms that being an American is all about. Hundreds of thousands have by now read the strange circumstances around President Obama's birth, but very few if any politicians have had the backbone to talk about it. The TEA PARTY.ORG has the facts and insurmountable evidence, that something is seriously wrong. I have never been one for conspiracy theories, but this one takes the cake. One very suspicious question to answer is, how can Obama have registered for Indonesian schooling, when they only accept proof of citizenship for people born there? Alice in the Lewis Carroll book "Alice in Wonderland: More and more curious or stranger and stranger! As the saying goes?

A new revelation that has been urgently spotlighted is the effects of immigration and the constant need for portable water. A new report has been released by (FAIR) The Federation of Immigration Reform, that America cannot sustain its need for fresh water. Population has exploded from between 1970 and 2010, U.S. population increased by more than 50 percent, from 203 million to 309 million, driven by a massive wave of immigration. This is great for the creation of businesses, but bad for consumers who are already suffering from clogged highways, crumbling infrastructure, and loss of farmland as it is being developed continually for more apartments and housing. Our water supplies are not plentiful and you very rarely hear about the court battles over water. If Obama wins in November he has promised to pass immigration amnesty for the 20 million plus illegal aliens, which not only will there be fraudulent applications as it was in 1986. Another amnesty of this proportion will bring into the country through CHAIN MIGRATION even millions of more immigrants who have been sponsored by family members. Commerce and industry doesn’t care as its more profits and cheaper hiring.

The TEA PARTY mission is to bring awareness to any issue which challenges the Security, Sovereignty or Domestic Tranquility of our beloved nation. Learn the facts and evidence of President Obama and his ultra Socialist agenda at TEA PARTY.ORG.

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