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This year’s midterm elections are set to be one of the biggest tests Democrats face with a once reliable sector of voters: Latino voters.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in early April, Biden’s approval rating among Latin American voters is only 26%. The same poll found approval with white voters at 31% and black voters at 63 percent. When it comes to the most pressing issues facing the country today, Latino voters said inflation was the biggest concern with 31%. Just in second place is immigration and the war in Ukraine by 12 percent.
Fox News sent crews around the country to talk to Latin American voters about immigration and what matters most to their voting decision.
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In Orlando, Florida, Fox News found Leticia Andaverde, who says her biggest concerns right now are the price of gas and maintaining good employment. When asked if she feels the influx of migrants at the southern border will affect how she votes in November, she told Fox News, yes.
“I feel that the more people you add to a home, the more problems it can create,” Andaverde said. “There are a lot of Americans in need right now. And they are giving people who come from other countries the help where there are already enough people here who need that help.”
North of where Andaverde lives, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Edgar Ulises says he cares most about the economy and says he thinks the American dream is gone. However, Ulises does not believe that the immigration issue is to blame.
“I do not think so, because the economic problems are here already,” says Ulises, “everything is going up, everything is getting more expensive. And then I think the immigration problem is never going to change, as the United States is a country built by immigrants, and everyone will try to come to the United States all the time. ” Ulises says he did not vote for former President Trump in 2020, but would in 2024. He also says he feels the Biden administration is handling the crisis at the southern border well, “but the main problem is not how they handle it. That’s the way they tell people they want to fix it, and they do not. “
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On his way west, Fox News found Hector Zaragoza in Las Vegas, Nevada, calling the current administration’s handling of illegal immigration ‘very bad, very sad.’ “I think it’s, it’s like opening the borders and saying welcome. That’s all he does.”
Further west, in Los Angeles, Toki Muriel says her biggest problems are immigration and crime. But her concerns revolve around the sluggishness of immigration treatment.
“As far as being able to become a legal resident, you know, just, it just takes an eternity. And I get, you know, I wish there was something that could be done to speed up that process a little bit. “
Also in LA, Rudolph Zalez. He does not like the state of California’s largest city. He worries about the homelessness problem, which can be seen a few meters from where he stands.
On immigration and the Biden administration’s handling of it, Zalez says: “I feel like the government is just sweeping everything under the rug. And because it is not being reported, they are pretending it is not happening. And then again, us as residents, we are dealing with the consequences. “
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According to research by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), at least 11.6 million Latinos will vote in 2022, an increase of 71.4 percent in the number of Latino voters from 2014.