Hallelujah, Immigrant Bashing Didn't Work! Latinos To Decide Next President

02/06/2008 03:43 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

As a Hispanic immigrant, who came on a boat from South America at age four, I am so thrilled that the jingoistic feeding frenzy that raged during the fall election debate has now subsided, with three of the remaining candidates supporting a path to citizenship.

Deporting 12 million people is never going to happen!

Illegal immigration is all the way down to number 7 on the list of voter concerns, according to a CNN poll, after the economy, Iraq, terrorism, health care, gas prices, and Iran.

But most importantly, Latinos - America's largest minority, with 44 million people - are the swing voters in this election, both in the primaries and in the general election. Clinton's strength among Latinos has proved to be her margin of victory in the Super Tuesday popular vote, especially as the late California vote becomes evident.

Clinton's margin of victory came from Hispanics --- seven out of ten --- and the Asian community, where she won 75% of the vote.

No candidate is going to win the Presidency without taking many --- of the heavily Hispanic -- swing states: California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Florida.

Immigrant bashing didn't work, because of Hispanics' newly empowered political clout.

The reality is that the rantings -- talking about you, Lou Dobbs -- against undocumented immigrants was racist, and tended to make scapegoats of innocent people.

If the immigrants were blond, blue-eyed coeds from Canada, over-staying their student visas, there would have been no outrage.

It's cause the immigrants are brown and poor --- no matter what people say.