Democrats appear to be losing big time on the issue of illegal immigration, and the situation only appears to be getting worse, Just the News reported.
Data from the past two presidential elections shows the Republican Party is gaining in popularity with Hispanic voters, particularly in Texas.
That trend continued last week when Republicans won mayoral races in McAllen, Fort Worth, and Arlington — all Texas cities with large Hispanic populations.
Hispanic voters shifting
“[The Democrats] have a huge Hispanic problem, and they know it,” explained Steve Cortes, former Trump campaign spokesman, according to Just the News. “Republicans have a huge Hispanic opportunity if they can seize it.”
While the Hispanic population has voted Democrat for many decades, the tide is turning because of four key issues, according to Cortez: abortion, public safety, education, and immigration.
During his campaign for mayor of McAllen, candidate Javier Villalobos emphasized the Republican approach to immigration, in line with that of former President Donald Trump. “Trump support among Latinos rose 8 points in 2020 compared to 2016, with significant gains in Arizona and megastates Florida, New York and Texas,” Just the News reported.
Villalobos’ message appeared to resonate with McAllen’s population, which is 85% Hispanic, and he was victorious over his opponent, Veronica Whitacre.
As noted by Fox News, Hidalgo County, home of McAllen, went to President Joe Biden by about 17 points in the 2020 election, compared to Hillary Clinton’s 39 points in 2016. “Holy cow… Republicans just flipped the mayorship of McAllen, Texas. This was not expected and shows Hispanics in South Texas may have shifted with the GOP even post Trump,” tweeted author Ryan Girdusky.
In contrast, Democrats are fumbling on the immigration issue as record numbers of illegal immigrants, including children, flood the U.S. southern border.
Last week, Vice President Harris traveled to Central America as part of her mission to address the supposed “root causes” of the southern border crisis. It turned into a rather embarrassing affair for the vice president and the Biden administration.
The leaders of the the two countries she visited, Mexico and Guatemala, placed the blame for the southern border crisis on the Biden administration. “The very next day, the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States,” Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said of the change of administrations.
Harris has gone 80 days without visiting the border since being tapped for the role, according to Fox News.