Why Latino youth are unimpressed with voting
Organizers across the country are having a tough time getting Latinos of voting age to register.
It’s a growing trend among young voters who just don’t see the point in signing up.
…among the roughly 50 people she approached in this increasingly diverse city east of Denver, “not a single person” was interested in her pitch, including those already old enough to vote: “They were like, ‘Why? Why would I bother to vote?’ ”
Across the country, immigrant-rights advocates report mounting disillusionment with both parties among Latinos, enough to threaten recent gains in voting participation that have reshaped politics to Democrats’ advantage nationally, and in states like Colorado with significant Latino populations. High hopes — kindled by President Obama’s elections and stoked in June by Senate passage of the most significant overhaul of immigration law in a generation, with a path to citizenship for about 11 million people here unlawfully — have been all but dashed.
The federal government has aggressively enforced existing immigration laws so much, that President Obama has been nicknamed “deporter in chief” for allowing 2 million people to be removed from the country.
The growing Latino population has been seen as a force in upcoming elections.
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