CNN anchors and journalists were left scratching their heads on TV this week when their own poll showed that 34% of Latinos currently support President Donald Trump. In a segment for the ages, reporter Miguel Marquez went through the latest poll numbers as he spoke to pro-Trump Hispanics in McAllen, Texas, where many of the people he questioned were fully in favor of building a wall.
At one point in the segment, Marquez talked to Rolando Rodriguez, a man who lives only a mile away from the border.
“You want to see this not only taller, but longer?” the CNN hack asked, motioning towards the border wall. “You want the whole border, 2600 miles?”
Rodriguez said yes, telling Marquez that a wall would keep “bad people” from entering the United States.
Another Trump-supporting Latina told CNN that she voted for Trump because of “abortion, the economy, and immigration.”
“We do have a lot of problems with immigration,” she said. “And I do support his stance for the wall.”
There is, of course, no reason for CNN to be surprised. Trump won more Hispanic votes in 2016 than Mitt Romney did in 2012, so this is not exactly brand new information. Trump’s approval numbers with Hispanics remains underwater, but that’s nothing new for a Republican president.
What is new is that Trump can take this hearty, no-holds-barred approach to illegal immigration and still hold on to significant Hispanic support. This not only flies in the face of the conventional wisdom at CNN but in the face of the infamous 2012 “autopsy” report from within the RNC which said Republicans needed to soften their attitude towards immigration to attract Hispanic voters.
But again, it’s not surprising. The Democrats have had a pretty strong hold on Hispanic voters for a long time, but millions of them – including many who immigrated to America – are strongly opposed to amnesty for illegals. Why shouldn’t they be? These people came here the right way. They got in line, they filled out the paperwork, and they patiently waited for a chance to become welcome immigrants. And, in many cases, citizens. They don’t appreciate seeing others hop the fence and be given the same opportunities they worked so hard to obtain.
There is another facet to this that we believe may be playing a part, and that’s that many Hispanics don’t appreciate being lumped in as “immigrants” with the illegal aliens. That’s been the M.O. for the Democrats since the 2016 election. Economic refugees, illegal immigrants, Dreamers, and hardworking legal immigrants just get thrown into the same categorical piles by the Democrats and the media. This is so they can shock viewers with misleading stats like, “Immigrants commit fewer crimes than natural-born citizens.” We have a feeling that there are Hispanics out there who are tired of being told that there’s no difference between an immigrant who did it the right way and one who broke the law.
So yeah, CNN is surprised, and so are the Democrats. Turns out a great many Hispanics see themselves as Americans first and Latinos second. That’s a bad thing when your whole message strategy is based around identity politics.