Hispanic Americans Explain Why They’re Moving to the Right
Hispanic and Latino Americans that have recently defected to the Republican Party offered up their personal reasons for doing so.
“There’s a trend that … all Latinos when they come here, they need to be Democrats in that … everybody’s so racist and all that,” said Victor Jimenez, who became a Republican last December.
“But, I can tell you that I’ve never experienced anything that I would consider racist in my years in this country like ever.”
Jimenez said that the Democratic Party’s immigration policies were a big sticking point for him.
“I just don’t agree with a lot of the things they do,” he said.
“There’s this notion that Hispanics agree with open borders and that Hispanics agree with illegal immigration, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
Jimenez said he lost some liberal friends after shifting to the right.
“The Democratic Party … prides itself to be so accepting and open, and blah, blah, blah, blah, until you are … you are a conservative,” Jimenez said. “If you come out as conservative, then that’s the problem. They can’t even hear your argument because you’re immediately labeled as stupid. You’re not open. You are a racist.”
Texas resident Claudia Alcazar, a former lifelong Democrat who became a Republican two years ago, said that unlawful migrants have negative impacts on ranchers in her border community.
“I understand we want to help give everybody a better chance in life, but we got to take care of Americans first,” said Alcazar, who now serves as chairwoman for the Republican Party in Starr County.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Why Hispanics And Latinos Are Shifting Right