March 30, 2011

A look at the Hispanic population ala the Census in Georgia.

Posted by Mike Seigle at 2:54 pm - Email the author   Print This Post Print This Post  

GALEO is correct, the dramatic increase in Hispanic residents is changing the face of Georgia even the face of elections. However, the full implications of this change is any ones guess. In the Senate district where I live, there are 76,174 Hispanic residents, but less than 4,000 are registered to vote. In the 2010 general election less than 800 voted. The explanation for this is that the vast majority of the 76,174 are not in America legally.

When you have a society where the vast majority of an ethnic or social group does not participate politically, problems will arise. People will be disconnected from the social and cultural norms of the dominant society. In the case of Hispanics in my neighborhood, cultural attitudes to crime, to work, to education, and to national loyalties are different from those of the people who actively participate in American society. To put it another way, the Hispanics in Norcross are a sub-culture cut off for standard American. Only one symbol of this is their lack of political involvement.

GALEO would argue that the solution would be to grant amnesty and then have voter drives to incorporate the Hispanics into the American society. The problem with this is that these non-voting non-American citizens who are Hispanics are already a part of a culture. Total amnesty would not mean assimilation. It would mean the moved of the American culture toward those who are currently living in America illegally. These illegals are currently more connected to their home country than the USA. They are part of a politically and economically empowered group, but just not in America.

The solution would be find ways to encourage the return of Hispanic immigrants to the country where they are legally entitled to live and work. A reduction of a politically unconnected sub-class would be beneficial to the creation of a healthier society in American. While the Hispanics who willingly return to their lawful homeland, will have the chance to get back in line and wait their turn to immigrate legally. By that time they will have adopted a number of cultural traits valued in American including respect for the laws.