To hear it from the media, Hispanics in America loathe President Donald Trump as if he really were the second coming of Hitler that his most unhinged critics always say he is. And why wouldn’t they? He launched his campaign calling Mexicans rapists, he once proposed rounding up every illegal immigrant in the country and sending them on a first class ride back to their home countries, and he wants to build a wall across the southern border. His whole presidency has been built on racism against brown people, and his supporters believe that Making America Great Again will be contingent on Making America White Again.
That’s the narrative, anyway. Only problem? There are a lot of American Hispanics who just aren’t buying it.
In fact, though they are studiously ignored by the political mainstream, a great many Hispanic voters think Trump is right on the money when it comes to illegal immigration. After all, they (or their parents, or grandparents) came to this country the right way. They went through the system. They worked hard to secure citizenship by following the law. Why should others get to skip across the Rio Grande, disappear into the shadows, and benefit of the public welfare? Why should immigrants from Honduras get to claim asylum simply because they can’t find a decent job back home?
Furthermore, since no small percentage of Hispanic Americans are dependent on hard work and entry-level jobs to support their families, they know that the more illegals there are to compete with, the lower wages are going to plummet.
That’s why slightly more than half of Latinos surveyed by Zogby this past week said they support President Trump’s decision to send military troops to the border. “51% of Hispanic respondents agree with the deployment of troops to the border to halt the migrant caravan,” the pollster reported. “Slightly less than half (49%) disagree.”
Think the Zogby poll is an outlier? A new survey from CBS News shows otherwise. They found that 38% of Americans with Latino heritage doubt that Democrats will be “tough enough” when it comes to protecting the border. 41% of Hispanics told CBS that Trump’s immigration policies are either “about right” or – get this! – “not tough enough.”
Funny, we can’t seem to recall these figures being touted on the cable news circuit, much less on the front page of The New York Times.