On November 8th, the United States will face a critical presidential election. It’s a fight between two polarized candidates: the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Republican, Donald Trump. This 2016 election is predicted to have the a tremendous impact on the immigrant population as a whole – and particularly on Latinos. With over 27.3 million registered Latino voters, Clinton is hoping to win their votes. To that end, Clinton made a promise to enact immigration reform within the first 100 days of her election, chose Tim Kaine who speaks fluent Spanish as her running mate, and emphasized the anti-immigration views of Donald Trump.
Trump’s offensive rhetoric has disturbed and angered many in the Latino community, even those who identify as Republican. According to a poll by Telemundo, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, 82% of Latino voters have an unfavorable view of Trump. However, Latino voting rates raise concerns. Historically fewer Latinos have voted in elections than other minority groups, and in the 2012 presidential race less than half of eligible voters casted a ballot.
We must remember what is at stake. If Latinos and immigrants do not vote, then Trump may win. Trump has shown that he can inspire disgruntled conservative voters to a fever pitch – and they will vote. Those of us who can vote must vote to prevent unconscionable consequences. In Connecticut, you can register by NOVEMBER 1st either in person, mail, or online. To register to vote click here or to learn more about the importance of voting in the 2016 election click here.