If you’re a Latino in this country, you or someone you know or love may well have an immigration problem. Unless, of course, you’re a Cuban-American.
The official Republican view of Latino migrants is xenophobic and borders on racist. Since Latinos often don’t speak our language all that well when they first arrive, and they don’t resemble the people who disembarked from the Mayflower, it's easy for GOP pols to demonize them as the dreaded “other,” terrifying the local folks with talk that our culture is being overrun by furriners while simultaneously reaching out for political contributions.
The Democrats aren’t much better, dropping by the barrio every couple of years to talk the talk, snag some money and choke down a tamale while taking Latino voters for granted. Remember all that “This is our time,” “Si se puede” stuff from Obama back in 2008? Somehow Latino priorities tend to drop far down the list when it comes time to expend that precious political capital in Washington. It’s a condescending attitude that, just like the xenophobic view, robs them of dignity. The only difference is that the Democrats think of them as a bloc, while the Republicans see them as a horde.
Maybe by mid-century, after the United States becomes a majority-minority country, they’ll just be viewed as Americans, without a label.