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The Univision and Fusion news anchor stands firm on his mantra: “The new rule in American politics is that no one can make it to the White House without the Hispanic vote.” Getty

Both political parties nowadays consider Univision and Fusion anchor, Jorge Ramos, more of an advocate for Latino immigrants than a journalist, and this is probably why Republicans need to worry about losing him. As Matthew Dowd, a campaign adviser to George W. Bush once said, “Mr. Ramos has become the voice of the Latino constituency, and that's where Republicans have to worry — you don't want to lose Jorge Ramos." When Ramos talked to the chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus, he mentioned the Republicans' immigration policy is "deportations, deportations, deportations," and then went on to ask, “Why?” To which Mr. Priebus only insisted it was not the case.

However, communications director for the Republican Party, Sean Spicer, implied in a way that Jorge’s views are so inclined towards Latinos and he’s become such an activist on immigration that “he's now taken with a grain of salt.” Despite that, Spicer did recognize Ramos’s importance and said, “There's no question that he's important and that he has a lot of influence, but I think that people now have sort of recognized that he's more of an advocate than a journalist.”

Despite what Republicans think, Ramos sustains that Latinos care deeply about the economy and education but that immigration is a personal matter. “Immigration is the issue that tells us who is with us and who is against us; there's no question about it. And it's very simple to understand why — half of all Latinos over 18 years of age were born outside the United States. It really makes no sense to attack them and criticize them if you want their vote.”

Ramos’s also aimed his anger at President Obama for breaking his 2008 campaign promise that he would propose an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system in his first year, which resulted in over two million deportations through destruction of many families.

After an interview with Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity gone sour, and the Republicans announcing their roster of televised debates for presidential candidates excluding, both, Univision and Fusion, Mr. Ramos stands firm on his mantra, “The new rule in American politics is that no one can make it to the White House without the Hispanic vote,” he said. “So we still expect all candidates from both parties to talk to us.”

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