A political action committee (PAC) that has received financial support from billionaire George Soros is aiming to “turn Texas blue” this year, as various other left-wing organizations have shown a growing interest in shifting the state’s political landscape through increased immigration.
Texas Majority PAC, which is managed by consultants who previously worked on Beto O’Rourke’s unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign, is receiving partial funding from Soros, a prominent Democratic donor with a net worth of $6.7 billion. According to records examined by the Texas Tribune, the PAC has raised $2.25 million since its establishment following the 2022 midterm elections. Notably, Soros has made significant six-figure contributions to Democrats in Dallas County, Cameron County, and Hidalgo County through this PAC.
“We need millions of more dollars and hundreds of more full-time staff to do this,” the group’s deputy executive director Katherine Fischer told the Texas Tribune. “Texas Majority PAC works with partners across the state to create the conditions that will make flipping the state possible.”
Voto Latino’s CEO Maria Teresa Kumar, in an op-ed for Democracy Docket, emphasizes the opportunity for Democrats to capitalize on the nation’s historically high levels of legal immigration, with over a million legal immigrants being admitted annually, in the upcoming elections:
“The U.S. Census Bureau recently confirmed that Latinos now outnumber non-Hispanic whites in Texas. It’s a demographic shift that has been years in the making, and it has massive implications for the political future of the state that we’re only beginning to see.
“To understand the political giant rising in Texas, it’s important to know that the Latino population is disproportionately young. Nearly a quarter of young people under 18 in America are Latino, but the numbers are even starker in Texas. More than 50% of all Texans 18 years and younger are Latino, and more than 800,000 Texas Latinos have come of voting age since 2020. These young people are the future of the electorate in the state, and their potential political influence can’t be underestimated. But it also can’t be taken for granted.”
In Texas, the Democratic Party heavily relies on the state’s foreign-born population. Specifically, Indian Americans have become a significant portion of Texas’s foreign-born population and are a crucial voting bloc for Democrats, similar to the influence of black Americans.
According to research conducted in October 2020, Texas is home to over 452,000 Indian Americans, making it the second-largest population after California, which has more than 815,000 Indian Americans. Leading up to the 2020 presidential election, a remarkable 65 percent of Indian Americans expressed their support for then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden, while fewer than 3-in-10 Indian Americans backed then-President Donald Trump. Recently, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) traveled to Mumbai, India, to attract more Indian businesses to the state, which would further increase immigration from India.
In recent years, Democrats have aimed to assist one million legal immigrants in obtaining American citizenship before this year’s presidential election, with the hope of swaying the electorate in favor of Democrats.
Research has consistently shown that regions with a larger foreign-born population are more likely to vote for Democrats over Republicans. For instance, in 2019, Ronald Brownstein of The Atlantic discovered that nearly 90 percent of House congressional districts with a foreign-born population above the national average were won by Democrats. This means that any congressional district with a foreign-born population exceeding 15 percent has a 90 percent chance of electing Democrats and only a 10 percent chance of electing Republicans.
Prominent news outlets such as The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Axios, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal have all acknowledged that the nation’s rapid demographic changes, driven by mass immigration, are shifting the political landscape towards a permanent Democratic majority.
“The single biggest threat to Republicans’ long-term viability is demographics,” Axios reported in 2019. “The numbers simply do not lie … there’s not a single demographic megatrend that favors Republicans.”