Monday, July 15, 2024

REPORT: Texas Border Districts Up for Grabs as Latinos Flock to GOP

'All of those folks don’t line up with the value set that woke ... consultants in New York or D.C. are selling as a national narrative...'

Many flaws are beginning to show in the Biden administration’s inhumane plan to import immigrant children from Central America in order to groom them into future Democrat voters.

Amid the growing public outrage over kids being exposed to the coronavirus while locked in overcrowded cages, some also wonder if the political calculus might backfire on open-borders Democrats.

A recent analysis by the Texas Tribune revealed that during the 2020 election, former president Donald Trump’s in-roads with Latino voters led to GOP gains in the immigration hotbed of southern Texas.

“South Texas is quickly shaping up to be the epicenter of the state’s political universe in 2022, a notable shift after the two major parties spent the last two elections duking it out in the suburbs,” wrote the Tribune.

It cautioned that the upcoming round of post-census redistricting was one of several unknowns yet to factor into the equation.

However, GOP political gadflies were optimistic about the possibility of picking up at least three congressional seats in the Texas border region, and Democrats were beginning to feel the pressure.

“We’ve all said Latinos aren’t a monolith, but in the [Rio Grande] Valley in particular, there’s three major employers,” Democrat operative Chuck Rocha told the Tribune.

“There’s border security, there’s the local government and there’s oil and gas,” Rocha said, “and all of those folks don’t line up with the value set that woke brown consultants or woke white consultants in New York or D.C. are selling as a national narrative to these Democrats.”

This week, Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, whose district includes the border town of Brownsville, announced that he would not seek re-election.

“Democrats have a big problem in Texas,” said Vela in January, shortly after assuming a prominent post as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee .

“For the first time in generations, or maybe ever, we lost … South Texas counties with significant Hispanic populations,” he continued. “And we are going to have to … wrap our arms around exactly why that happened. It may be a difficult issue to reconcile.”

Other South Texas seats up for grabs might include those of Democrat Reps. Vicente Gonzalez and Henry Cuellar.

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced that it had added Gonzalez—who won his last race by only 3%—to a list of 27 Democrats likely to retire from the House while facing daunting re-election prospects.

Meanwhile, Cuellar appeared to double-cross the Biden administration’s effort to clamp down on reporting of immigrant detention centers when he leaked photos of the conditions inside a Texas facility to Axios.

There is a palpable panic among Democrats in his district, which includes Laredo, with the likelihood of a formidable primary challenge from his own party only adding to the woes.

Cuellar, who considers himself a centrist, nearly lost his 2020 bid to a primary challenger from the far-left, Jessica Cisneros.

Cisneros had the endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-NY, and support from the Justice Democrats, who helped launch the political careers of several socialist-friendly ‘Squad‘ members.

Longtime Cuellar aide Colin Strother said the campaign was desperate to discourage taking on more friendly fire in 2022.

“A lot of our partners, our allies, last cycle spent millions of dollars going after someone that was a safe incumbent—and that was money that could have gone to shore up other races,” Strother said.

“A lot of money was wasted on someone who wasn’t perfect according to some people in the Democratic Party,” he added.

Currently, only 10 Democrats make up the margin in the razor-thin House—although a handful of seats remain vacant and Democrat lawyers are actively attempting to steal the Iowa seat won by Republican congresswoman Mariannette Miller–Meeks.

That dubious effort is creating even more panic among vulnerable Democrats following their incessant complaints that similar post-election legal challenges waged by the Trump campaign were “dangerous.”

The NRCC has 47 Democrats on its initial target list for the upcoming midterm. That includes 29 seats in “battleground” districts that were won by Trump or saw a margin within at least 5% in the presidential contest.

With much already on the line in the high-stakes effort to stave off a total leftist takeover, the committee plans to wage a full-on offensive to reclaim Congress and deliver a “lasting majority,” said NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer.

“We will stay laser-focused on recruiting talented and diverse candidates, aggressively highlighting Democrats’ socialist agenda and raising enough resources to win,” Emmer said.

But thus far, one of its best assets seemed to be the Democrats themselves, whose overreaching agenda was poised to create considerable voter backlash.

“We will relentlessly hold House Democrats accountable for their socialist agenda and ensure voters understand the damaging impact policies like defunding the police, government-run health care and ending the Keystone XL Pipeline will have on Americans’ everyday lives,” Emmer said.

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