Esther J. Cepeda - Washington Post Writers Group
Web Posted: 11/14/2010 12:00 CST
If I were a member of the third largest minority group in the United States, I'd be really frustrated that the immigration issue continues to be discussed almost exclusively with Latin Americans in mind.
As immigrants' rights advocacy groups across the country wonder whether there's even a slim chance Congress will take up comprehensive reform anytime soon, national conversations have been set exclusively in the context of the Latino vote and Republican Hispanics.
Despite President Barack Obama's failure so far to deliver on his campaign promise push through meaningful reforms, Latinos turned out to help Democrats hold a few hotly contested seats. Paradoxically, Hispanics also boosted the Republican Party by helping elect several high-profile Latinos who had few ideas for solving illegal immigration woes and campaigned on tighter border controls and stepped-up enforcement.