Latino organizations poised to get out the vote
As Donald Trump prepares to deliver a speech in Arizona on his immigration policy, Latino organizations around the country are working to register new voters.
Here in Wisconsin, Voces de la Frontera Action has been focusing its get-out-the-vote efforts on the Milwaukee and Madison areas.
“We are trying our best, knocking on doors and making phone calls. We’re helping new voters because we have many families that have young Latino students that are ready to vote and we are just preparing them on what is the process,” said Grisel Tapia, a get-out-the-vote organizer with Voces de la Frontera Action.
Immigration has been a focal point of Trump’s campaign from the day he announced his candidacy. During that announcement he said of undocumented immigrants, “They are bringing crime, they are rapists and some I assume are good people.”
Trump has said that if elected he would immediately deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
On La Movida, Madison’s Spanish language radio station, the topic of the election and Trump’s position on immigration are frequently discussed.
“It comes up every day on La Movida, every single day. It is important. The election is highly important,” said Luis Montoto, program director of La Movida.
During Montoto’s daily three-hour talk show, helping listeners prepare for citizenship is a regular topic of discussion along with the importance of being heard at the voting booth.
“Obviously the Latino immigrant community wants to make him eat his words and a lot of organizations have come out. There’s a strong effort in the entire country with a lot of nonprofit organizations in regards to get out the vote,” Montoto said.
In 2012, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney only got 27 percent of the Latino vote. A recent Fox News poll shows Trump 7 percentage points behind that, with only 20 percent.