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This Study On Latino Republicans And Their Beliefs Will Make You Better Understand Your MAGA Family

Like most other American families, Latino-American families can be home to a wide range of differing political opinions, leaving family members on each side of the aisle appalled with each other’s opposite opinions. You might be a liberal trying to understand how your brown, immigrant mami is walking around in a MAGA hat, or you might be just as pleased as we are that the Latino vote is finally being more closely examined. Either way, The Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston has given a home to Professor Rottinghaus and co-author Rudy Fonseca, who just published a study complete with answers to all your questions.

Myth #1: “Latinos are Natural Democrats…but it Ain’t Happening in Texas”

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Tejanos are more likely to be registered Republicans than Latinos in other states. Twenty-seven percent of Tejanos identified as Republican, compared to 21 percent of Latinos in all other states during a 2014 Gallup poll. That said, the study reports that “divisive rhetoric and harsh immigration policies has
led many to hit the alarm.” As of September 2019, Trump has a 24 percent approval rating among Latinos, compared with an average of 30 percent to 35 percent of the Latino vote typically given to Republicans.

Bottom line: The majority of Latino-Americans identify with the Democratic party, but about a third of us identify as Republican.

Myth #2: “Latinx Republicans Must Be Less Conservative than Other Republicans”

Study: “Six Myths About Texas Latinx Republicans.” Brandon Rottinghaus, Rudy Fonseca. 3 October 2019.

This myth is also pretty close to the truth, but it’s not the whole story. While Latino Republicans are more likely to identify as “somewhat conservative” than Republicans as a whole, it doesn’t mean they fall right in the middle of the political spectrum. An October 2016 Texas Tribune poll illustrated that Latino Republicans are far less likely to identify as “extremely conservative” than their Republican counterparts as a whole. 

Bottom line: Latino Republicans are slightly less conservative than Republicans as a whole, but are still squarely Republican. Rottinghaus’s study notes that the party is likely to lose Latino voters if they continue to lean more extremely to the right. 

Myth #3: “Latinx Republicans Are Moderating Recently As Republican Party
Rhetoric Grows more Conservative”

Study: “Six Myths About Texas Latinx Republicans.” Brandon Rottinghaus, Rudy Fonseca. 3 October 2019.

Myth #2 brings us straight to myth #3. Latino Republicans are growing more conservative over time. Another Texas Tribune poll just two years later showed that 27 percent of Latino Republicans are now identifying as “extremely conservative,” as compared to 19 percent just two years prior.

The same poll broke down some differences of opinion. When it comes to deportation, border security, trade negotiations, and judicial nominees, Latino Republicans were less in favor of Trump’s tactics than other Republicans. They were also 18 percent less likely to feel that “Trump cares about people like you” than the Republican party as a whole.

Bottom line: The myth is true. Latino Republicans are more moderate compared to the Republican party at large. 

Myth #4: Latinos are Culturally Conservative, And This is the Only Reason They
Support the Republican Party

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The study concludes what we all already knew. If you had to genuflect in front of a Jesus painting at the entrance of your house, that (i.e. religion) plays a “major role” in choosing the Republican party. Those religious values that determine pro-life and anti-gay marriage political beliefs strongly swing a Latino’s choice of party. 

Bottom line: Of course, cultural beliefs are not the “only reason” Latinos might become Republicans. Homeowners and Latinos who have established roots in the U.S. for several generations are more likely to support the Republican party. Men are also more likely than Latinas to identify as Republican. The higher the income, the higher the probability a Latino might identify as a Republican.

Myth #5: “Latinx Republicans are “Softer” On Illegal Voting and Immigration
Than Other Republicans”

Study: “Six Myths About Texas Latinx Republicans.” Brandon Rottinghaus, Rudy Fonseca. 3 October 2019.

The study concludes that while Latino Republicans, in fact, are “softer” on these issues than other Republicans, the one area that sets them apart is deportation. A Texas Tribune 2016 poll showed 19 percent of Latino Republicans “strongly agreed” that “undocumented immigrants should be deported immediately,” compared to 35 percent of all Republicans. 

Bottom line: When it comes to immigration, Latino Republicans don’t see it as such a serious threat as other Republicans, but that gap is beginning to close. The 2018 Texas Tribune poll showed a nearly 15 percent rise in general opinion that “undocumented immigrants should be deported immediately,” and the gap between Latino Republicans and the party as a whole has closed by 2 points.

Myth #6: Latinos Don’t Feel Welcome in the Republican Party

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The Houston study completely debunked this myth, finding that 61 percent of Latinx Republicans do feel welcome in the Republican party, compared to 68% of all Republicans. They might not feel as welcome as other Republicans, but the majority do feel welcome.

Bottom line: While Latino-Republicans feel welcome in their own party as a whole, only 22 percent of them feel the Republican party is “doing a good job” in reaching out to Latinos, according to the study. “The “sleeping giant” is real: Latinos are predicted to become
the largest population group in Texas by 2022,” the study concludes. If immigration is where Latino Republicans have differing views, the continued focus on deportation in the 2020 campaign could cause Latino Republicans to feel even less welcome in their own party.

Migrants Are Using $100 Saws To Dismantle Trump’s $10 Billion Wall

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Migrants Are Using $100 Saws To Dismantle Trump’s $10 Billion Wall

Recently, at a Mississippi campaign rally, Trump claimed that there isn’t a tool that exists that can cut through the combination of construction materials used for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. However, this weekend, The Washington Post reported that smugglers are sawing through new sections of Trump’s wall with $100 power tools and simply walking across the border.

Within a matter of minutes, smugglers have been able to saw through the steel and concrete bollards by simply fitting a popular cordless saw with special blades, according to The Washington Post.

Hours before The Washington Post broke its news, Trump told a Mississippi crowd, “It’s a different form of cut.”

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It seems as if the Army Corp of Engineers presented Trump with three construction material options. “I did all three,” he boasted to a crowd that exploded with applause. “Because it’s a different form of cut,” he explained, seemingly about the power tool required to cut through all three materials. “It can cut through steel but it can’t through the concrete and then you can’t through the hardened rebar. We got it all.” It’s difficult to say what “it” is referring to because of the lack of descriptive nouns in his language.

Later, Trump doubled down on the reason for “The Wall:” that MS-13 gang members were “not human beings.”

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“These gangs are the worst people,” he told the crowd. “These people, they are not human beings. I said that once before and ‘Crazy Nancy Pelosi’ said, ‘How dare you say they’re not human?'” Trump doubled down and bragged for refusing to apologize. “You ever see these people?” he asked the cheering crowd. “And they slice people up with a knife because it’s more painful than using a gun. And then I have to defend myself when I say they’re animals. But you know what? I never changed. I didn’t say, ‘Oh I’d like to apologize, Crazy Nancy.'”

Meanwhile, Joaquin Castro visited the Hispanic Caucus’ ofrenda dedicated to honoring the migrants who have tragically died in U.S. custody.

“We also need see-through,” Trump stated.

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Presumably, Trump means to say that he’d like a transparent material that also fortifies the border. “Gotta see whose on the other side. That makes sense, right? Not just concrete,” he expanded. Currently, the most protected border sections have two, 30 feet high fences with a paved road in between. But nearly a dozen U.S. Border agents and administration officials have blown the whistle on Trump’s “virtually impenetrable” wall to The Washington Post, on the condition of anonymity.

There are two methods migrants are using to cross the $10 billion tax-payer funded barriers, says The Washington Post.

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Of the two methods reported by The Washington Post, the simpler method relies on the use of the popular household cordless saw. The saw is able to cut through the first layer of steel rebar, ten feet of concrete and a rebar core within a few minutes, engineers told The Washington Post. The bollard is attached to a panel at the top of the “wall,” which, when sawed through, is left dangling, ready to be pushed to the side by a migrant who can now simply walk across the border, according to the Post.

The second method is with a custom made ladder, usually made of rebar, which includes a rope ladder that is released down the other side to descend, says The Washington Post. Once on the other side, the ladder can be easily passed through the space between the bollards, and carried to the second barrier, according to The Washington Post.

Migrant smugglers are tricking CBP officers with putty the paper reported.

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An anonymous senior administration official told The Washington Post that while the new bollard system has “significantly increased security and deterrence,” sawing breaches have occurred often enough that CBP officers know how to look out for them. Smugglers, a CBP official admitted to the publication, have an array of strategies to trick CBP officers into bypassing an altered bollard. They might put the bollard back where it was, hoping an agent won’t do a routine boot-kick to test for a breach, an official admitted to the paper. Alternatively, smugglers have also learned to use putty to mask the cut in such a way that it looks like a welding crew had already repaired the bollard, The Washington Post reported.

But those vulnerable spots will soon be fortified with electronic sensors.

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The newspaper’s sources say that the saw trick has primarily worked in places where the electronic sensor system isn’t operational just yet. Once powered on, officials claim that it will alert CBP to vibrations that occur when someone is, say, sawing through “The Wall.”

According to CBP, the Trump administration has constructed 76 miles of new border barriers, with another 158 miles under construction. Trump plans to complete 450 miles of border barriers by the end of 2020.

READ: Twitter Is Cackling Over Trump’s ‘Really Big’ Border Wall He Said Is Being Built In Colorado

Here’s Why Chance The Rapper And Cardi B Think Trump Will Win The 2020 Election

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Here’s Why Chance The Rapper And Cardi B Think Trump Will Win The 2020 Election

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Yes, the glass is half empty for Cardi B and Chance The Rapper who told T.I. on his podcast ExpediTIously that they think Trump will inevitably win again in 2020. The Rhythm & Flow co-hosts shared their political thoughts and they were not particularly uplifting. 

Maybe the hopelessness stems from the fact that Cardi B is a staunch supporter of Bernie Sanders and is politically engaged — if you’re paying attention to the current news cycle, staying optimistic can be hard. 

According to Pew Research, seven in 10 Americans, “feel worn out by the amount of news there is these days, compared with only three-in-ten who say they like the amount of news they get.” 

Political apathy can lead to low voter turnout. In fact, a Facebook study found that people were more likely to vote if they saw their friends were voting. While Chance The Rapper and Cardi B are well within their right to feel pessimistic about the election, unseating Trump will only be possible if Democrats are enthusiastically voting in 2020. 

Chance The Rapper thinks Trump’s re-election is inevitable. 

“The reason that we keep getting Presidents that we don’t want is because we keep getting tricked into thinking we have a choice,” Chance said. “I totally believe — and y’all can quote me on this a couple years down the line — I think Trump is going to win again at the next election because he’s got the biggest base.”

Chance is wrong. We do have a choice — it’s right there on the ballot. Only 31% of eligible voters under 30 voted in the November 2018 midterm elections, the most in history — and Democrats crushed it. That means 70 percent stayed home. Young people support Democratic candidates 2-to-1 — together under 30s could fundamentally transform politics in America. 

“Our swing voter is not red-to-blue,” said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez before she won the groundbreaking election that made her the youngest congressperson in history.  “Our swing voter is the voter to the non-voter, the non-voter to the voter.”

Voters are more likely to be white, wealthier and older. They’re less likely to be poor, Latinx or Asian American. Perhaps, that’s why the current version of American politics reflects a bunch of old, rich white people? Of course, it’s not the only reason: there is gerrymandering, voter suppression, voter purges, election hacking, and the electoral college to overcome. Still, if the majority of eligible voters actually voted many of these obstacles might not matter.  

However, as Voto Latino notes 11.7 million Latinxs voted in 2018 for a historic turnout, and 25 percent were first-time voters. ¡Mi Gente!

“The next President after Donald Trump will be our first-ever independent President,” Chance predicted. “And if they not independent, they’ll be from a fringe party.”

A third-party presidential candidate has never won more than 19 percent of the vote and that was Ross Perot in 1992 — he didn’t win a single electoral vote.  

Cardi B believes Democrats aren’t in love with any candidate. 

“I really hate to say it, but sometimes I do believe that Trump will be winning (the election),” Cardi said. “Just because due to the fact that every single time I don’t see nobody saying that they love a Democratic candidate. There’s no candidate that people are saying we love, we want them to win.”

Cardi is partially correct, there’s no Democratic candidate the party is in love with yet – because we’re in a primary. There are three frontrunners Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden who have been consistently on top. 

Cardi B endorses Bernie Sanders.

In 2016, Cardi B endorsed Bernie Sanders and appears to be feeling the Bern in 2020 too. 

“He’s just really like, a person that cares. And I really want that,” she told Tip. “I want somebody that cares for not just America but everybody in America! Every person white, every person of color, Black, Hispanic, Muslim—everybody! He cares for a whole country.”

Cardi interviewed Bernie this summer about health care, immigration, and minimum wage. She told him she struggled to make ends meet no matter how many jobs she held before she was famous.

Bernie responded, “So the first thing we do is we make sure that young people in this country, Black, Latino, Native American, whoever they may be, get the kind of education and job training they need so they can go out and get good jobs. We have to invest in jobs and education.”

If you want to figure out who you should vote for based on your beliefs and what you want, this quiz can help.