U.S. Senator Robert Menendez today will join the Center for American Progress at 12:30 p.m. (EST) to discuss the 2012 Hispanic vote and the future of immigration reform.
The Hispanic vote has been a No. 1 topic of discussion this election, and even post election results. U.S. Hispanics turned out in high numbers and were decisive in Obama's reelection.
However, according to the Center for American Progress, a key issue for this rapidly growing segment of the electorate is immigration reform, "specifically, the 11 million immigrants without legal status."
"For months leading up to the election, polling by Latino Decisions has shown that Latino voters care deeply about how the candidates talked about immigration reform, and the President himself acknowledged in Iowa that if he won, it would be because the Republican Party had alienated Latino voters and he has already pledged to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the first year of his second term," the AmericanProgressSanction website reads. "With a second-term mandate built on the promise of Latino Voters, immigration reform has moved to the forefront of the political discourse."
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Menendez will be joined by Matt Barreto, founding principal of Latino Decisions and associate professor of political science at the University of Washington. Their discussion will be moderated by Tom Perriello, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and counselor to the Center for American Progress.
Watch this event live online by clicking here.
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