“There’s a trend that,” said Mr. Jimenez, “all Latinos, when they come here, they need to be Democrats [because] everybody’s so racist and all that. But, I can tell you that I’ve never experienced anything that I would consider racist in my years in this country, like ever.”
These are the words that ex-Democrat Victor Jimenez, who immigrated to the US from the Dominican Republic in 2008, used to explain his defection to the Right.
Mr. Jimenez is not the only one, polls are showing a 20-point shift towards Republicans among Hispanic voters.
Mr. Jimenez worked for Muriel Bowser, DC’s Democratic Mayor, as a public relations agent, but became disillusioned by her policies.
“I know Mayor Bowser – I think she has good intentions… I just don’t agree with a lot of the things they do,” he said, citing Mayor Bowser’s policies on “sanctuary cities, for example, that’s one thing that I do not agree on … and that for me was kind of like the point where I said, ‘okay, I … I don’t agree with this. I think if somebody commits a crime, they should be detained and they should be deported.”
He also believes that progressive policy on immigration is out of step with Hispanic voters: “There’s this notion that Hispanics agree with open borders and that Hispanics agree with illegal immigration, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth,” he stated. He is not the only one who feels this way.
Claudia Alcazar, a former Democrat who is now the Republican Chairman for Starr County, Texas, stated that “Our way of life is changing to adapt to constant illegal, whatever you want to call it, immigration. I’m not sure what term is politically correct anymore. It has affected our lives a great deal.”
Alcazar told stories of residents afraid to go for walks, even during the day, for fear of encountering illegal border crossings, as well as stories of farms and ranches damaged by the migrants.
She added: “I understand we want to help give everybody a better chance in life, but we [have] got to take care of Americans first.”
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