Ohio, the other border

Maribel Hastings, America’s Voice | 4/9/2014, 8:58 a.m.

The potential political consequences of this crisis should not fall on deaf ears for either political party. Their children are citizens—some of them vote already, and others will soon. They have family members who are voters, who have seen a Republican Party demonize immigrants and block immigration reform, as well as a Democratic administration deport them, try to deport them, and say that they can’t help them.

“I have relatives who are voters and they are disappointed because they think the President only used Latinos to win in 2008 and again in 2012, and he’ll leave office and won’t do anything,” said Edith, an undocumented woman living in Ohio for almost two decades.

Guadalupe, an undocumented woman who has lived in Ohio for 19 years, also has family members who are voters. “They are disappointed. They ask ‘if the next Democratic candidate comes and says the same and I give him my vote and the same thing happens, well, it’s better that I don’t give them my vote anymore’ . . . the Latino community will feel like they might as well not vote if the [candidates] just make promises and don’t do anything.”

Maribel Hastings is a senior advisor at America’s Voice