Charlotte Latinos May Not Welcome Democrats with Open Arms


Democrats heading to Charlotte, N.C., may be surprised by a less-than-enthusiastic welcome from the city’s Latino population, which could normally be considered Democratic stalwarts.
According to, “While the party was eager last year to pick a convention city that would help it expand its foothold in the New South, the selection of Charlotte has been a source of consternation among key constituencies and uncertainty among Democratic strategists.”
The city’s Latinos, which represent 13.1% of Charlotte’s overall population of 751,000, are unhappy “about the number of deportations carried out under the 287(g) program, which allows local police  to perform immigration enforcement duties. Since 2006, there have been 11,480 immigrants deported … under the program.”
Organized labor and gay rights activists are also expected to protest during the Democratic National Convention that runs from today through this Thursday, Sept. 6.