Democrat Hillary Clinton is plotting to invite in as many Puerto Rico nationals as possible to vote in central Florida in November’s election.
As Donald Trump rallied in Florida Wednesday night, firing up Sunshine State Republicans with 95 days to go until the election, Clinton’s underhanded plot to increase Spanish-language migration to the swing state is coming to light.
Puerto Ricans can only vote in the general election if they move to the United States before November and register to vote. So they have 95 days to do so. About 48,000 people were leaving Puerto Rico per year during Obama’s first term, but the numbers now are about to go through the roof.
Activist groups are making this a top priority.
Boricua Vota is one of those groups. Mi Familia Vota is another group working principally on voter registration. Mi Familia Vota set the number 20,000 as its goal for new voter registration in 2016.
This massive migration — called “the biggest movement of people out of Puerto Rico since the great migration of the 1950s” by the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic researcher — could forever change the demographics and economy of the state of Florida. But Hillary Clinton loves it.
The Clinton campaign makes overtures to migration in its fact sheet “Growing Together: Hillary Clinton’s Vision for Puerto Ricans,” which promises a bailout, universal healthcare, and all kinds of other benefits for Puerto Ricans, including consideration of statehood.
The campaign prominently underlines in bright yellow one sentence in the first paragraph: “People are relocating to the States in record numbers.”
The Clinton campaign makes it sound like jumping from Puerto Rico to Florida is necessary for as many of these people as possible:
Those who have made their homes in the States have higher incomes and are more likely to be employed than if they had stayed in Puerto Rico, still more than one-quarter of Puerto Ricans living on the mainland are living in poverty. As President, Hillary will fight to break down these barriers so that everyone, regardless of where they live, has a chance to live up to their potential.
Clinton spelled out the strategy in a revealing passage in an Orlando-area rally speech during her primary against Bernie Sanders.
“That’s something often overlooked or even denied,” Clinton stated. “And it is one of the great ironies of our law and our history that Puerto Ricans who are citizens in Puerto Rico cannot vote for their president and commander in chief. But if you move to central Florida because you’re a citizen, you can vote. And what we need to recognize is that there’s much we can do if we are supporting our Puerto Rican friends.”
Florida Democratic Party executive director Scott Arceneaux made a telling slip in 2015 when he said,”My first thought is, this is really going to help us next year.”
“Puerto Rican voters have completely upended the understanding of how the state is going to vote in November,” pollster Fernand Amandi said. “They could wake up in San Juan, have breakfast and be registered to vote in the U.S. come dinnertime.”
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