SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina said in 2009 that amnesty for illegal aliens would lead to a future “governing coalition” of progressive “voters.” Medina made the argument that illegal aliens comprised a future progressive voting bloc at a leftist Campaign for America’s Future event.
“Now as you know, the negative tone of the immigration debate has created an intense interest in the Latino and immigrant community,” he said at the 2009 event in a video that has resurfaced on YouTube. “We in the last election had the largest turnout of Latino voters in our history. And everything tells us these voters fully intend on becoming engaged into elections in the future.”
“They have tasted what it is like to participate and win and they are not going to go away because their involvement is basically because they feel they are being taken advantage of, they are being singled out and they are being scapegoated,” Medina declared. “When they voted in November, they voted overwhelmingly for progressive candidates. Barack Obama got two out of every three voters that showed up.”
Medina argued that the “progressive community” needed to act like they cared about illegal immigrants to win over the potential future voters.
“So I think there’s two things, very quickly, that matter for the progressive community,” Medina said. “Number one: if we are to expect this electorate to win, the progressive community needs to solidly be on the side of immigrants. Let us solidify and expand the progressive coalition for the future.”
“Let me tell you, when you are in the middle of a fight for your life, you will remember who was there with you, and immigrants count on progressives to be able to do that,” he explained. “Number two, we reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million on the path to citizenship and eventually voters.”