Newsletter June 2011 – Obama, Puerto Rico and the Hispanic Vote

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Obama, Puerto Rico and the Hispanic Vote

Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, Hispanics accounted for 56% of the nation’s growth. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, more than 6.6 million Latinos voted in the 2010 election, which is a record for midterm elections. But even though there was an increase in the percent of Hispanic voters, the number of Latino non-voters who eligible to vote has also increased. Consider this, out of 21.3 million eligible Latino voters in 2010, only 6.6 million voted. As we have said before, the vote is one of the most precious rights afforded through U.S. Citizenship. And if people want just and compassionate Immigration Reform, good wage jobs and a affordable healthcare, then they must vote.

Data from the 2010 U.S. Census show that 3.7 million people are currently living in Puerto Rico. This was down from 3.8 million in 2000. On the other hand, the population of Hispanics of Puerto Rican origin increased went from 3.4 million in 2000 to 4.6 million in 2010, which was greater than Puerto Rico’s Hispanic population. And therefore it was no wonder that President Obama recently visited Puerto Rico, the first U.S. president to do so since President John F. Kennedy did so 50 years ago.

On December 15, 1961, President Kennedy stated that “Puerto Rico serves as an admirable bridge between Latin America and North America.” And on June 14, 2011, President Obama, said “Every day, Boricuas help write the American story,” a term Puerto Ricans use to describe themselves. Puerto Ricans are an important part of the rising Hispanic population in the U.S., now totaling nearly 50 million Latinos. And voting is a powerful way to make your views known to our politicians. Therefore, if you are an eligible voter, do so in the 2012 election. If you are a Green Card holder who is eligible to file to become a U.S. Citizen, start the process now, which will take 6 to 10 months. All you have to do is fill out Form N-400, Application for Naturalization and get started

As the American journalist, H. L. Mencken once said: “Voting is simply a way of determining which side is the stronger without putting it to the test of fighting.” And the side that is stronger will be determined by who goes out and votes. Use one of your most precious Constitutional rights and place your vote in 2012.

If you are an eligible Green Card holder, we encourage you to apply now for U.S. Citizenship so you can vote and let your voice be heard.

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