Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) executive director Josh Hoyt has an op-ed in today' Washington Post on Barack Obama's failure -- as both a U.S. senator and president -- to address the concerns of the Latino community. Hoyt writes that Obama has a "tin ear for Latino passion" and, as immigrant rights activists have been doing locally for months, he warns that Latino disillusionment could have serious electoral implications this November:
As president, Obama has followed the cerebral strategy that increased enforcement will win support for immigration reform. But if there is no serious progress on the issue, many disillusioned Latinos will stay home in November. Others will decide that because Democrats can't deliver on immigration reform, they might as well vote Republican on the values issues. Depressed Latino turnout in Illinois may well cost the Democrats the Senate seat that Obama once held.
ICIRR is currently organizing to send 10,000 Illinoisans to the immigration reform march in D.C. later this month.