Immigration has been a top issue through several presidential election cycles. While Mitt Romney's immigrant rhetoric was certainly considered harsh in 2012, it now seems relatively mild in comparison with Donald Trump's blustery promise of build a wall and have Mexico pay for it. As the election approaches, Trump seems to have moved on to other topics, taking notable and ill-advised swipes at former Ms. Universe Alicia Machado of Venezuela. Trump plays by his own set of rules, but the fact remains that the GOP stance doesn't hold much appeal for most immigrants and their children, with Latinos skewing Democratic at least since the 1980s and Obama winning 71 percent of the Latino vote in 2012.
While past elections of seen large blocs of Latino voters in non-battleground states like California, New York and Texas, the Pew Research Center's Facttank is finding a shift in demographics. The U.S. has seen increase in the number of Latino voters eligible to vote, jumping from 23.3 million voters in 2012 to a projected 27.3 million in 2016. This represents 12 percent increase in the total number of eligible voters. It's projected that two-thirds of these voters will vote for Hillary Clinton.