DREAMers the Kingmakers
Gustavo Arrelano posted on Guardian an incisive opinion piece on Feb. 10., 2015. DREAMers (supporters of Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act proposed in 2001) might decide the 2016 election. These aliens who arrived during childhood live under the shadow of imminent of deportation. Given the rising proportion of Hispanic voters, partisan attitude at the national level will decide who gets more Hispanic votes. The winner of 2016 must empathize with the DREAMers. If done like the President Obama, he or she has a better chance of winning 2016 election.
Under Ronald Reagan’s leadership an amnesty was granted to 800,000 undocumented immigrants. Most of them were Hispanics. Amnesty was granted to benefit small business, agriculture and other Republican supporters. Many Republican strategists sadly found the inconsiderate rhetoric alienating not just DREAMers, but Hispanics and millennials. For Republicans, something akin to an apology for inconsiderate rhetoric would go a long way, especially with millennials.
Democrats have done better. Clintons still are popular among Hispanic voters. President Obama created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). Within recent memories, Democratic party is more appealing, and Hispanics. Democrats’ just need to justify that President Obama’s actions were legal.
DREAMers are small in number as voters. However, stances regarding their circumstance would affect the turnout among Hispanics and millennials.
Any serious contenders should start crafting strategies for this is the hot-button issue that probes into the depth of emotion. Republican contenders, especially Midwestern governors, should utilize this opportunity to show their pragmatism.
A winner’s answer must resonate with millennials. So far, Republican parties lag behind Democrats. Many millenenials feel like immigrants who emigrated from a promised American dream into a society into ever-greater disparity. Like DREAMers, millennials now suffer harsh threat of stagnation.
Thus, millennials prefer candidates that respect equity and fairness. DREAMers’ status demands a clear answer. The winner of millennial vote wins 2016. It is time to show their prudence, when they empathize with DREAMers. Remember, many DREAMers are either millennials or sympathized by millennials. For first time in 12 years, this issue should be taken more seriously in national conversation and election rhetoric, especially by Republicans.