Photo: Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory
The newly elected Republican Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, is making Latino policies his priority or better said anti-Latino policies his priority. First there was the ‘scarlet letter’ on driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and now the sudden closing of the state office for Latino affairs.
If Latinos didn’t have the Republican National Party reminding them how much members of the party, like McCrory, want to outreach and improve the rhetoric everyone would think McCrory didn’t like Latinos.
One of his first actions in office was signing off on putting a ‘scarlet letter’ on driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants accepted into the deferred deportation program. After much criticism from the Latino community he dropped the idea of issuing separate pink drivers license.
Now the 15-year-old office of Hispanic/Latino Affairs for the state was closed suddenly. The only official explanation by the Governor was that governmental offices were being merged.
McCrory has been in office since January 1, 2013.
Latinos aren’t forgetting that during his long political career that include stints as Mayor and councilman he urged his police officers to start asking crime victims of their immigration status, he also opposed allowing undocumented immigrants from attending community colleges.
McCrory needs to remember demographic trends and voting patterns aren’t on his side.
Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in the state that now exceeds 800,000 residents. In just four years over 70,000 Latinos have registered to vote which represents a 44 percent increase. McCrory should also take note that nearly 44 percent of Hispanic voters in the state are registered Democrats, while 18.5 percent are Republicans.