The right turn of Latinos will realign American politics


The biggest story in politics right now is the Hispanic community’s rejection of progressive politicians and progressive politicians. Increasingly polls and election data To display Latino voters are embracing more pro-freedom policies and candidates than ever before.

In Washington, this trend is mostly seen as a partisan story, with one side celebrating and the other in denial. But the real effect of this realignment is not that Latinos will help the Republican Party — they will redefine and lead it.

The timing of this change shouldn’t be surprising. Inflation, falling wages, a crime wave, a border crisis and an unprecedented loss of learning due to unscientific school closures related to COVID-19 have led Americans of all ethnicities to be wary policies and politicians responsible for our national malaise. Neither “revival” nor “socialism” holds much appeal for communities that love the American culture of individual liberty and equal opportunity.

The vast majority of the Hispanic community believes in the American dream: work hard, play by the rules, and give their kids a chance to do even better. And they understand that the greatest obstacle to this dream is the corruption and incompetence of big government.

If Latinos have voted with larger margins for Democrats in the past, it was only because it was the only party that deliberately and loudly advocated on their behalf at a time when Republicans were convinced that minority communities were not necessary to win the elections.

Let’s face it, it may have been a safe bet in the 1960s and 1980s. But the dramatic growth in the number of Latino voters proved that this strategy was a loser in the long run. And the Republican Party has been paying the price for it for 30 years now.

Not anymore. The GOP ended its indifference to Latino voters and got to work, promoting a pro-growth, pro-energy, pro-freedom agenda that is winning with Latinos.

Action Initiative LIBRE shares these values. We have worked for years to promote them within the Latino community and to identify political candidates committed to helping all Americans, including those in the Hispanic community, achieve them.

Many candidates are Latino, but you don’t have to be Latino to represent, serve, and empower Latino workers, small businesses, families, and neighborhoods.

Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas have done as much as anyone in America in recent years to expand opportunities and improve the lives of Latinos in their states. As chief executives of large states with large and growing Latin American populations, they have pursued pro-growth agendas that prioritize freedom.

They have both resisted COVID extremism and unscientific school closures. They signed legislation giving their states tax breaks, safer streets, school choice, and regulatory reforms to spur entrepreneurship and job creation.

There’s a reason California and New York’s populations are declining while Texas and Florida are increasing. DeSantis and Abbott protect the American Dream from progressive policies that push people — including Latinos — down and down.

It’s the same reason their states have produced many exciting Hispanic-American candidates for Congress this year too. LIBRE Action is proud to support four of them.

Representative Maria Salazar is the first congresswoman from Florida’s 27th District. A former television journalist, Salazar is one of Washington’s most vocal freedom advocates. She introduced legislation to reform our nation’s broken immigration system, create economic growth in South Florida, and prevent the government from having a heavy hand on the backs of its constituents.

Then there’s Rep. Tony Gonzalez, who boasts a stellar freshman term representing Texas’ 23rd District. He opposed the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion spending spree that poured gas on President Biden’s inflation crisis. He fought for freedom of education, limited government and energy independence and boldly led bipartisan legislation to secure the border and modernize our immigration policies.

Representative Marya Flores is the newest member of the House and is already one of its most inspiring. She is the first Mexican American to serve in Congress. The daughter of immigrants and the wife of a Border Patrol agent, Flores has a unique understanding of the flaws in our immigration system and how to fix them. She has worked in the health sector for several years and is a strong advocate for patient-centered, market-based health reform.

Finally, we endorsed Monica de la Cruz, the Republican candidate in Texas’ 15th congressional district. Monica presents herself as a principled, pro-growth conservative who knows that our education, immigration, health care, and energy systems will all be improved by reducing government bureaucracy and increasing individual freedom.

These candidates represent a new generation of conservative and Latino leaders. They are not interested in outdated narratives and top-down failures. Instead, they fight for the individual freedom that has made this country stronger, safer and more prosperous than any country in the world.

LIBRE Action is proud to support them all, as well as the Latino – and American – realignment that they will lead in the years to come.

Daniel Garza is president of the LIBRE Initiative. He wrote this for


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