6 GOP Districts in TX where Latinos Can Influence an Immigration Bill

By Alex Gonzalez

Is not a secret that in the House of Representative Republicans in “safe” districts do not have an incentive to vote for immigration bill since they presume the Latino vote in their districts is not big enough to have an effect on their re-election. But in six “safe” Texas republican districts, if we measure the voter turnout from 2012, and the Hispanic population of each district, we can see that maybe Latinos, if they come out and vote, could actually have a say on the re-election of these republican candidates.

The common denominators in five of these districts is 1) the Hispanic population is around 30% or higher, and 2) the turnout in 2012 was about 60-65% or lower.

Three months ago, I made the table showing the favorability (pluses) in each district for re-election, turnout and the Latino population.  Also, the conservative think tank American Action Forum built a widget detailing how many jobs can be created in these districts with an immigration bill. As a result, the business community in these districts can also provide input in this effort to create jobs.

Note: the Hispanic population in district  2 represented by Ted Poe in the Houston are is 35%.

These are latest  U.S. Census numbers for the 6 districts where Latino voters and the business community may be able  to sway the re-election of Republican incumbents. At the bottom of each Census box, you can see the  number of Jobs that would be created with an immigration reforms based on the American Actin Network .

  15,532 jobs in Texas District 2

15,113 jobs in Texas District 27

15,262 jobs in Texas District 19

15,091 jobs in Texas District 11

15,650 jobs in Texas District 7

15,587 jobs in Texas District 21

Alex Gonzalez  is a political Analyst and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote!  He received a Bachelors Degree and a Masters’ Degree, with emphasis in American politics,  from San Francisco State University.
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