Governor tries to make headway via Latino town hall

first_img [email protected] THE FACTS “Voz y Voto” with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will air in Los Angeles at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on KMEX (Channel 34). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reached out to Latino voters Tuesday in a town-hall forum on Spanish-language network Univision, moving to shore up sagging support among a key constituency. Amid audience questioning, Schwarzenegger said he opposes a national amnesty program for illegal immigrants – but supports a guest-worker program – and repeated his hope that the federal government addresses driver’s license and other immigration issues before California does. “It’s a federal issue; it’s not a state issue,” Schwarzenegger said. “It’s not for the governor to decide; it’s for the president, for Senate and Congress – for them to decide how to deal with that issue.” Schwarzenegger, who earlier this year vetoed a measure that would have granted driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants – has generally been receiving lower poll ratings from the Latino community – which makes up about 14 percent of the electorate – than from white voters, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Political analysts say it’s a reflection of the governor generally taking positions unpopular among Latinos, including voicing support for the Minutemen militia group of private citizens patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border. “Most of it has to do with the ability of Latino leadership and Democrats to point out he’s really done nothing special, has taken no special interest in the Latino community,” said Fernando Guerra, director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Members of the audience complained that the governor has not yet met with Mexican President Vicente Fox, and had not appointed enough Latinos to judgeships or high-ranking positions in his administration. Schwarzenegger said he had planned to meet with Fox earlier but had to cancel because of scheduling conflicts and still plans to meet with him. He also said he is making efforts to appoint more Latinos to judgeships and positions in his administration. Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 last_img