What does a ‘no-vote’ for Biden really mean for Palestinians and immigrants/immigration?

By Alex Gonzalez

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.Getty Images; AP

Consider the implications of mass deportations, the operation of militarized detention centers, Muslim bans, and the halt of admissions for Palestinians and other Muslim refugees who “don’t share our religion.” This, coupled with “Christian nationalist” sentiments and increased military aid for right-wing Israelis. This is what a “no vote” for Biden really means.   

In Michigan, Arabs/Muslims in Michigan and immigration activists ought to be terrified of a Trump second Term. Therefore, a push for ‘non-committed’ voters in Michigan may seem imprudent, especially among young individuals unfamiliar with the intricacies of the political process, and they might face repercussions in a second Trump administration.

Biden’s upcoming visit to Brownsville, Texas, aims to promote his bipartisan immigration bill currently stalled in the Senate.

Regardless of your opinion on Biden’s immigration plan, it stands in stark contrast to Trump’s approach. Immigrants claiming concern for immigration issues or Muslim/Arab voters in Michigan contemplating a ‘no vote’ should reconsider, as abstaining effectively supports Trump.

A ‘no vote’ is equivalent to supporting Trump’s policies, which could have serious consequences. Democrats must communicate clearly about the potential impact on activists attempting to undermine Biden’s efforts on issues like Gaza and immigration reform.

Even in traditionally Democratic border states like California, voters, including Hispanic/Latino communities, acknowledge the need for border policy reform. Last Friday, a new Pubic Policy Institute of California (PPIC) survey indicate that Californians, including 74% of Latinos, believe the focus should be on efficiently managing the admission process for Immigrants for than can be admitted or not .

Changes to the asylum process find support even in California, with Governor Gavin Newsom endorsing the idea. Two weeks ago, A Pew Research survey also revealed that 76% of Hispanics view the border situation as a crisis or problem.

In the current political landscape, Biden stands as the key figure capable of addressing Palestinian suffering, maintaining pressure on Hamas terrorists, and resisting further militarization in Gaza. Moreover, he is the advocate for humane treatment of immigrants and efficient reforms to the asylum process. Choosing not to vote for Biden should never be an option, as, in reality, it amounts to supporting Trump.


Alex Gonzalez is a political Analyst, Founder of Latino Public Policy Foundation (LPPF), and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote. Comments to vote@latinosreadytovote.com or @AlexGonzTXCA

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