These WHITE Democrats don’t seem to understand: when Mexicans become the voting bloc they hope for, these WHITE Dems will be primaried out by people named “Martinez”, :Guiterrez”, etc....
I really don't wish to start a food fight, but the following is something which might interest some thread readers.
You go a bit wide of the mark. Your fear may not apply to every location nor every demographic.
I live in San Antonio, Texas. Our city is over sixty-percent Tejano/Latino/Mexican-by-descent. The neighbor family to my left as I type this reply is from Guatamala. David is a recent naturalized citizen. David was so proud of earning his citizenship that the first thing he did when I got home was show me his certificate of naturalization and the lamented wallet-size version.
"This is my country." He beamed with pride, meaning he believed correctly that he shared something more in common with his neighbors than he did the day before the naturalization ceremony. I suddenly remembered how his wife, who then spoke little English, told my wife how they had watched the HBO series, "John Adams" (obviously, the Spanish dubbed version), and how when their children started school they would learn English (which they absolutely have).
Contrary to popular history, until the middle 1900s San Antonio was not predominantly Mexican. What spiked the demographic shift was the long and bloody Mexican Revolution which drove refugees north. Among those refugees was Henry Cisneros's Grandparents.
(The Mexican Cartel Wars is pretty much nothing more than the revoluntionary class wars within Mexico. Lots of Mexican nationals with means are fleeing to the U.S.)
In the present form, I oppose the DREAM Act and have urged all of my representives in Congress to vote it down and out. In a different form . . . I might support it.
But, with respect to elections here in San Antonio, ethnicity might play a part, (race and ethnicity always does) but even in the hey-day of La Raza Unida/Chicano activism, we always chose the best choice for San Antonio, as we believed it might be.
Majority Latino/Tejano/Indian districts elected White (Anglo) candidates to represent them on the City Council. Though I never agreed with their politics, they were Robert "Bob" Thompson (a San Antonio lawyer, UTSA professor and a really aggressive and talented fighter pilot serving with the Texas Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Group (now Wing), and Patty Radle, a woman I am grateful who never ran for office in my district.
In San Antonio . . . your race, ethnicity only gets you so far. Can't judge the rest of the nation.
Our present mayor is a young Mexican-by-descent upper and comer in the Democratic Party. He replaced an old white guy who was turned out of office only because we have term limits.
Don't know how they count themselves to the census, but our City has been for awhile by ethnicity a majority held by Spanish surnamed representatives.
What I do know is they hired a White woman as City Manager, and offered her a crazy benefit package to keep her here. Even I think she has done a great job.
The Latino/Mexican dominated City Council hired a White man to be our Chief of Police.
Most telling of all . . . in every judicial race where an incumbent Democratic Judge was contested, the county replaced him or her with a Republican. EVERY RACE.
I am so proud to live in San Antonio, Texas!
What is often overlooked are the Asian and other so-called minorites in San Antonio and how they participate in all aspects of our city's life.