Much of the optimism among Democrats of a so-called “blue wave” in Texas has been based on the increasing numbers of Hispanic voters.
The need to better appeal to Hispanic voters was one of the key points from the Republican Party’s autopsy following Mitt Romney’s presidential election defeat at the hands of President Barack Obama in 2012. Instead, the party nominated a candidate in Donald Trump who began his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists,” drug dealers and criminals.
Since entering office, Trump has fulfilled his anti-immigrant rhetoric by adopting a series of hardline policies. Most recently, his administration sparked outrage when implementing a “zero-tolerance” border policy that resulted in more than 2,000 children being separated from parents who entered the country illegally.