WASHINGTON, D.C., October 19, 2010 The Latino Coalition (TLC) has today denounced the release of two online spots which urge Latino voters not to vote in the upcoming mid term Congressional elections. The spots, produced in English and Spanish by an Alexandria, Virginia-based organization called Latinos for Reform, base their call to action -or- inaction on the failure of President Obama and leaders in Congress to deliver on then presidential candidate Obama’s promise to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform within a year of assuming the presidency. As this has not happened after two years of the Obama Administration, Latino voters should abstain from voting in all upcoming Congressional elections, the Latinos for Reform spots assert.
The Latino Coalition strongly opposes such a message, and also criticizes Latinos for Reform for the inaccurate translation of the spot into Spanish. “We are saddened that Latinos for Reform has opted to use this tactic, that can’t be seen as anything other than an attempt to suppress Latino voter turnout in these upcoming elections. If positive changes have been attained for Latinos-and many other groups – in our country, they have largely been achieved by active participation, not passive viewing from the sidelines,” said Hector V. Barreto, TLC’s Chairman and Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2001-2006).