This was, undoubtedly, my most controversial piece. Writing for CNN.com about the recent “border wall deal,” I argued that Democrats had caved to a dangerous and violent ideology and, in doing so, betrayed a core constituency.
Some three months later, Pew Research Center estimated that Latinos were expected to become the largest non-white voting group in 2020.
Not only have Democrats betrayed part of their base politically, they have also agreed to additional wall construction in the heavily populated Rio Grande Valley, a Latino majority Democratic stronghold some 700 miles down the border from El Paso. Many Texas Latinos that I know have some connection to the valley and the region represents a center of cultural identity and historical richness, where ranching traditions and familial roots predate the border.