During the previous 2000 election, George Bush was able to woo Latino voters nationally in much the same way he had as governor of Texas. Bush appealed to their socially conservative instincts, promoting strong ties to central and South America and peddling a soft line on immigration policy.
That changed in 2005, when Republican hardliners in Congress pushed the Sensennbrenner bill to demand the criminalization of the country's 12 million undocumented immigrant workers and the militarization of the 2,000-mile border with Mexico. President Bush ended up kow-towing to the hardliners, and his own party grassroots, by agreeing to the construction of 700 miles of border fencing.
That stance infuriated even conservative lobby groups such as the Latino Coalition, which openly endorsed Democratic candidates for the first time.
As the ANTI Lobby has grown more extreme pushing for Bills like HR4088 dubbed the SAVE Act, various Immigration Groups and Bloggers are strongly encouraging all Hispanic Voters to register and vote Democratic in 2008.
Of course, what they need is to mobilize volunteers from the local citizenry, the same way you do in a natural disaster. There may only be as many Border Patrolmen as Congress has funded, which is not enough, but there’s the American people themselves, who have their own weapons, GPS devices, cellphones, pickup trucks, horses and whatever’s needful to protect the border.