But Hispanics who can vote may turn out in big numbers in the next election. Statistics show Hispanic voters made up 31% percent of the vote in the March California primary. That's nearly double the turnout from the 2004 vote.
Alfredo Cuellar, a professor at Fresno State, and a lecturer on Hispanic issues claims Hispanic votes tend to be overwhelmingly Democratic. "Most Hispanics are Democrats and they vote Democrat. Less than 1/8th of the Hispanic vote goes to Republican." Cuellar adds, "Starting with this election the Hispanic vote is going to be crucial and very important. "
But, Cuellar said while the population is growing, the Hispanic community must struggle to gain influence. "At this moment there is not social justice and equity. There is a long, long way to go."
Cuellar said Republicans have lost what little Hispanic support they because of their get tough policies toward immigrants, and support for construction of a wall along the Mexican border.
Immigration issues are behind a rally and March scheduled in downtown Fresno Thursday afternoon.
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