SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – There is some concern that laws targeting illegal immigration passed recently in Arizona may keep legal immigrants from voting here in California, and now there’s a last minute get-out-the-vote campaign in the immigrant community.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren said Arizona’s new immigration measures have spread a national climate of fear in many immigrant communities.

”It’s created a very ugly atmosphere,” said Lofgren. “And I’m not saying everyone who originally wanted the law had bad intents, but it hasn’t turned out well.”

She’s afraid one of the impacts is that many legal immigrants are afraid to go to the polls on election day, for fear that a relative could face deportation.

But Geraldo Dominguez with the Mercado Campaign said those fears are unfounded, and legal immigrants should exercise their right to vote.

”In this way we will have a stronger democracy, also a more diverse and inclusive democracy,” said Dominguez. “At the end of the day we will all benefit.”A new study from the Pew Hispanic Center finds that one-third of registered Latino voters have given quite a lot of thought to the upcoming elections, compared with 50 percent of all registered voters.

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Comments (4)
  1. gp says:

    The only way it appears too get elected is too cater to Unions and the hispanic vote.

    1. Tom says:

      That’s all that left…the students burned out, the liberals are mad he didn’t live up to his promises and the African Americans are over the novelty.

  2. Zeke says:

    California repealed its proof of citizenship requirement in 1994. Under the Elections Code, a person’s signature on the affidavit of registration certifying his citizenship is considered evidence of citizenship.

    No need to worry. C’mon over! The Dems will let you vote, get a driver’s license and give you the following free: health care, housing, food, education, job training, child care and anything else it takes to get your vote.

    In fact, no need to become legal. You do that and nobody will care about you. Just ask the others lined up trying to become a legal citizen. Poor fools. They can’t vote or get anything for free like you….

  3. Gilvi says:

    I know other people that felt their country was being taken over by white people, I think they call them Native Americans. These white invaders didn’t work to help society, they murdered thousands of Native Americans, took their land, starved their children, and call it Democracy, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Don’t forget they had slaves, to work for nothin; on their plantations, At least the hispanic people are willing to work in the American Sweat Shops, long hours in the fields, many hispanics are dropping dead from the heat, Great Example of Democracy, looks like ya-all have a long way to go, before you can critize the immigrants, your dirty little door steps need a lot of cleanin’ Yep, Democracy, as defined above is mirror image of hypocrisy.

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