Why Neither Party Speaks Our Language Yet

Obama has deported thousands of Latinos. And Republicans oppose a clear path to citizenship

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Besides that, the Obama Administration is responsible for the separation of thousands of families with children who are U.S. citizens. Obama has deported more immigrants--over 1.2 million--than any other President in history. Even though his policies recently have concentrated on deporting criminals, his Secure Communities program has unjustly targeted workers with no record.

"Latinos," Ronald Reagan used to say, "are Republicans, but they just don't know it yet." Latinos share many values with Republicans: their stance against abortion, their distrust of Big Government and their traditional views on family and religion. Republicans could have used these similarities--along with Obama's contradictory immigration policies--to build a new alliance with Latinos. But they blew it.

Latinos are underrepresented politically; we should have at least 15 Senators, but we have only two. With 50 million of us and counting, Latinos will very soon elect a President of our own. El primer Presidente hispano.

Meanwhile, we have the difficult choice of voting for either a President who broke a major promise or a Republican candidate who doesn't respect us. It was not supposed to be this way; 2012 was supposed to be the year of the Hispanic hope.

Ramos is an Emmy-award-winning news anchor for Univision News and the author of 11 books, including A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto and Dying to Cross

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