WASHINGTON & SANTA FE, NM (By Jon Garrido) March 31, 2011 ― If there was any doubt over the growing clout of Hispanic voters, last week the data released by the U.S. Census put it to rest: 50,500,000 Hispanics were counted by the 2010 Census and in the future, Hispanics will be the majority population in America, even if today, the border is completely sealed.
Hispanicsaccounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade and now make up the largest minority group in America accounting for more than 16 percent of the population.
As the 2012 election nears, it appears President Obama sees the writing on the wall and is taking steps to begin a new start wooingHispanic voters after a disastrous Immigration Reform strategy failed on December 18, 2010, with the defeat of the DREAM Act showing increased deportation enforcement of Hispanics is a flawed approach.
At a town hallon Monday on education at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington D.C., Mr. Obama reaffirmed his commitment to a piece of legislation critically important to many young Hispanics ― the DREAM Act, which would give certain undocumented youth a pathway to citizenship.
The highHispanic dropout rate and the scanty proportion of those young people who go on to college were issues discussed but the deportation of students was the primary issue at the town hall meeting President Obama held Monday.