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With lyrics, music and direction by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a new public service ad campaign has been launched urging everyone to vote in the upcoming November 8th elections. Co-Produced by 5000 Broadway Productions, Hamilton Uptown and The MirRam Group, in collaboration with Particle and in partnership with Hispanic Federation, LULAC and LCLAA's civic engagement campaign Movimiento Hispano.

The HAMILTON Broadway company has been actively engaged in voter mobilization, hosting voter registration drives in front of the Richard Rodgers Theatre on September 28th and October 1st. Trained by the Hispanic Federation, volunteer actors in the production registered voters from all 50 states using a national voter registration form.

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Hispanic Voter Registration Spikes

April 27, 2016

Registration among Hispanic voters is skyrocketing in a presidential election cycle dominated by Donald Trump and loud GOP cries to close the border.

Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials, projects 13.1 million Hispanics will vote nationwide in 2016, compared to 11.2 million in 2012 and 9.7 million in 2008.

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What is the Latino Vote, Anyway?

March 29, 2016

Over and over the statement is written and spoken about the Latino electorate: We're not a monolith. Yet the concept of a "Latino vote" persists over a group of American voters whose roots are in cultures from a variety of Latin American and Caribbean countries.

The term tends to focus on Hispanics as recent immigrants and overlooks the many business owners, the more affluent, or those who can trace their families' backgrounds to before the arrival of the Pilgrims either through Spanish or native American roots.

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Hispanic groups launch get-out-the-vote push

February 17, 2016

Leading Hispanic groups launched a national campaign Wednesday aimed at energizing Hispanic voters ahead of November's elections.

Hispanic eligible voters constitute a large and growing national bloc, and could prove vital in a number of battleground states this year. But voter turnout among Hispanics has been dismal in recent presidential cycles — trailing that of other races by significant margins — and the rate fell between the 2008 and 2012 elections.

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It's Time to Honor Dr. King's Commitment to Voting Rights

January 20, 2016

Among the many accomplishments in his all-too-short life, perhaps none was as important to Dr. Martin Luther King as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Dr. King understood that the single most important tool that African-Americans could use to unravel the worst elements of state-sanctioned discrimination was the ballot box.

Decades before the Civil Rights movement emerged, communities across the nation had contrived a system of electoral exclusion that depended on a witch's brew of poll taxes, literacy tests and "good character" clauses. When these obstacles failed to dissuade potential voters, violence or threats of violence offered a useful and effective supplement to the campaign of disenfranchisement.

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Supreme Court to take up Obama Immigration Actions

January 19, 2016

The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide the fate of President Barack Obama's immigration actions this term.

The actions are aimed at allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to apply for programs that could make them eligible for work authorization and associated benefits.

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Feds: Don’t ask WIC participants about immigration status

January 10, 2016

Federal officials have told Sedgwick County it could lose federal grant money for its health department if it insists on asking health clinic clients about their immigration or citizenship status.

The Sedgwick County Commission in October asked the state to block illegal immigrants from the federal Women, Infants and Children nutritional program, but there is no eligibility requirement based on immigration status, The Wichita Eagle reported.

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DNC Marks Dream Activists' Entrance Into The Political Mainstream

August 10, 2012

In 2010, Gaby Pacheco was a frustrated college student planning a 1,055-mile protest walk from Florida to Washington, D.C.

The leaders and policy directors of most of the country's largest Latino Civil Rights organizations -- the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and others -- told Pacheco that the plan she had made with three other college students to march from South Florida, though the old South and to the capital, was an unreasonably dangerous "suicide mission" -- unlikely to move hearts and minds, or change public policy.

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Hispanic College Enrollment Reaches Two Million, Latinos Are Largest Minority On Campuses

August 20, 2012

Hispanic population growth and improved high school completion rates helped Latino young people become the largest minority group on college campuses and a fourth of the public school population last year, according to a Pew Hispanic report released Monday.

The center's analysis of Census data shows more than 2 million Hispanics ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in college last year, making up a record 16.5 percent share of enrollments in that age group at two-year and four-year universities.

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'Deferred action' program providing protection for young immigrants who want to work is launched

August 15, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of people who entered the United States as children but without documentation can apply -- beginning Wednesday -- to remain in and work in the country without fear of deportation for at least two years.

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Movimiento Hispano: Getting more Latinos registered to vote

Movimiento Hispano, a Hispanic Federation civic engagement initiative, was profiled by Check out the video interview highlighting the critical importance of the Hispanic vote.

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Latino 2012: More Potential Latino Voters in 8 States Than Margin of Victory In 2008

June 12, 2012

The Latino vote has been referred to as the "sleeping giant." That's because millions of Latinos are eligible to vote but have not yet registered. If they register and show up to the polls, that awoken giant could determine the 2012 presidential election.

In fact, in eight states, the number of potential Latino voters is greater than the margin of victory in the 2008 presidential election, according to an infographic released by the Center for American Progress Tuesday.

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Latino Growth Not Fully Felt at Voting Booth

June 9, 2012

The nation’s rapidly growing Latino population is one of the most powerful forces working in President Obama’s favor in many of the states that will determine his contest with Mitt Romney. But Latinos are not registering or voting in numbers that fully reflect their potential strength, leaving Hispanic leaders frustrated and Democrats worried as they increase efforts to rally Latino support.

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Latino Voters: Seen, But Will They Be Heard, In 2012?

May 16, 2012

If young voters were the breakout stars of the 2008 presidential election, then Latino voters may take center stage this year.

Every other week or so, it seems, a new poll gauges Latinos' opinions about the candidates, the issues and their level of engagement. Both parties are pouring millions into their Latino outreach. Latino politicians have assumed prominent roles in the conventions of the Republican and Democratic parties. And a Latino senator is on the short list of potential running mates for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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Voter ID laws spark heated debate before U.S. election

April 5, 2012

Liberal activists on Wednesday criticized new voter registration requirements in dozens of states, saying millions of people could be deterred from voting in the November U.S. presidential election - a claim their opponents disputed.

The Center for American Progress issued a report that said new barriers to voting have been enacted by conservative state legislatures with the aim of disenfranchising voters from among certain groups such as low-income voters, minorities and college students. Those constituencies have tended to favor Democrats.

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Latino Vote 2012: Decline In Hispanic Voters Fuels Registration Drive

March 27, 2012

An alarming decline in registered Hispanic voters has prompted Latino leaders to reassess voter registration drive strategies and to renew fundraising pleas for the efforts.

A coalition of Hispanic groups earlier this month announced a voter registration drive aimed at increasing Latino voters. The groups said their goal was to register 2 million new voters for the general election in November, bringing the total number of registered Latinos to 12 million.

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Voter ID Laws: Are They Necessary to Stop Fraud?

March 13, 2012

Voter fraud in the U.S. is one of two things: It's rampant and requires strict measures like photo IDs to stop it — or — it's a devious ploy to keep certain voters from the polls.

Sorting through the rhetoric — and finding common ground — is as difficult as getting Democrats and Republicans to agree on a tax policy.

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New round of immigration battles set in the South

March 1, 2012

The Deep South, already the nation's hottest illegal immigration battleground, will see more action in the coming days, with Mississippi considering an Alabama-style immigration crackdown bill and a federal appeals court set to consider Thursday whether the Alabama law, and a similar one in Georgia, are constitutional.

The legislation and the courtroom battle will serve as a prelude to April 25, when the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over Arizona's SB 1070, the controversial 2010 law that triggered a wave of state-level efforts nationwide to get tough on illegal immigrants.

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Lanzaron campaña para que latinos voten en los comicios de EU

February 26, 2012

Activistas de organizaciones nacionales lanzaron la campaña no partidista “Latinos por la democracia: Movimiento hispano” para elevar la participación de votantes hispanos en los comicios presidenciales, estatales y locales de noviembre próximo. El esfuerzo lo impulsan la Liga de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos Unidos (LULAC), la Federación Hispana y el Consejo Laboral para el Avance Latinoamericano (LCLAA) para inscribir a 200 mil votantes y movilizar al menos a 100 mil latinos a las casillas de votación.

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Wisconsin is latest state in court over voter photo ID requirement

January 17, 2012

Politically polarized Wisconsin is next up in the traveling legal battle over whether requiring photo identification to vote discriminates against minorities and disabled people. Critics of mandatory government-issued photo IDs say minorities are disenfranchised by the requirement. The lawsuit says the state constitution declares the only ineligible voters are felons, children and the mentally incompetent.

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Dream Act Activists Push Into Mainstream With American Protest Movement Tactics

August 21, 2012

The picture was classic fan meets superstar backstage. Lady Gaga in hot-pink lipstick, dark shades and a T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “Pass the Dream Act,” stood flanked by two men. One had a serious grip on the singer’s waist.

But for those fighting for immigration relief and against state-level attempts to vigorously enforce immigration law, the photo taken at an August 2010 Lady Gaga concert in Arizona and widely shared online was a sign that young undocumented students and their core cause had scored a major victory, maybe even entered the mainstream.

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Democratic candidates pitch DREAM Act for platform

August 9, 2012

In an appeal to Latino voters, three Senate candidates in the Southwest are calling on delegates to the Democratic National Convention to make support of a bill to help young illegal immigrants gain citizenship a part of the party platform.

Rep. Martin Heinrich, the Democratic nominee for a Senate seat from New Mexico, is leading the effort and said that formally supporting the immigration proposal would provide voters with a clear choice on an issue that many care deeply about.

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Young Immigrants Can File to Defer Deportation Aug. 15

August 3, 2012

Obama administration officials said Friday that they would begin on Aug. 15 to process applications from hundreds of thousands of young immigrants expected to seek two-year deferrals of deportation. Applicants will be charged $465 for each request.

Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that will handle the anticipated avalanche of paperwork, provided the first logistical details since President Obama announced on June 15 that he would halt deportations of illegal immigrants who came to the United States when they were children.

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Fulfilling a ‘DREAM’: U.S. to Let Young Undocumented Immigrants Stay

June 15, 2012

The Obama Administration announced a policy change on Friday to allow some undocumented young people to avoid deportation. Under a directive from the Department of Homeland Security, as many as 800,000 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will be permitted to stay in the country and legally obtain work permits.

The announcement will provide relief for “dreamers,” the group of undocumented students who have long fought for the right to stay in the U.S., which is in many cases the only country they have ever known. While the policy will not lead to citizenship for the dreamers, it removes the constant threat of deportation many of them have lived with for their entire lives.

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Texas prepares for court over voter ID law

June 10, 2012

Texas is preparing for a legal showdown next month in federal court over a new voter photo ID law passed by the Legislature.

The law was blocked by the Justice Department over claims that it discriminates against minority voters.

“We objected to a photo ID requirement in Texas because it would have had a disproportionate impact on Hispanic voters,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder explained to a conference of black clergy in a speech about the continued need of protections under the Voting Rights Act.

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Getting out the Latino vote - America's future at stake

May 11, 2016

With a record high number of eligible voters, Hispanics have the unprecedented potential to impact what many consider the most important elections in recent history, if they show up.

Regrettably, the Latino voter turnout rate continues to lag behind their white and African-American peers. In a political landscape with increasingly divided views on how to solve economic, immigration, healthcare, and employment issues, one thing is certain; Latinos must better embrace their civic responsibility to vote or others will decide the outcome.

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Conservative challengers lose key Supreme Court voting rights case

April 4, 2016

The Supreme Court handed conservative challengers a loss Monday in a key voting rights case. In a unanimous result, the court said a state can draw legislative districts based on total population. At issue in the case was the "one person, one vote" principle dating back to the 1960s, when the court held that state legislative districts must be drawn so they are equal in population.

But, until Monday, justices never specified whether that doctrine applied to the general population or to the voting population.

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Immigration Reform Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Show Compassion, Craft Solution-Based Message

February 29, 2016

Ahead of Super Tuesday, conservative and faith-based leaders in support of immigration reform have called on presidential candidates show compassion on immigration.

Twenty-four faith leaders from Texas and Georgia, two of the states hosting primaries on March 1, wrote a letter to all candidates, calling on them to create a "new, solutions-based message" on immigration that includes border security, the well-being of immigrant communities and the economy.

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New voters would be easily registered at DMV

February 9, 2016

As many as 400,000 new voters could be automatically registered through the state Department of Motor Vehicles under a proposal announced Monday by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

The legislation, which will be reviewed by the General Assembly, would use the full range of state Department of Motor Vehicles transactions to give new voters the option to use their electronic signature to certify citizenship, with an additional option to affiliate with a party.

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Millennials Make Up Almost Half of Latino Eligible Voters in 2016

January 19, 2016

Hispanic millennials will account for nearly half (44%) of the record 27.3 million Hispanic eligible voters projected for 2016—a share greater than any other racial or ethnic group of voters, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

The large footprint of Latino millennial eligible voters reflects the oversized importance of youth in the U.S.-born Latino population and as a source of Latino eligible voter growth.

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Young, Mexican and Ready to Raise their Political Voices

January 10, 2016

Bundled up against the cold, Janet Perez walked down Willis Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx this month, politely approaching parents waiting for their children after school.

She smiled and spoke softly, all too aware of the heightened fear in this predominantly Mexican neighborhood: Rumors of immigration raids had set people’s nerves on edge after the authorities in other cities began deporting women and children who had lost asylum cases. To clear up the confusion, Ms. Perez was inviting those who were worried to a community meeting.

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The New Attack on Hispanic Voting Rights

December 17, 2015

In September 2000, Oscar Del Toro of Monterrey, Mexico, arrived with his wife and three children at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to start a new life in the United States. Del Toro, then 38, had spent his whole life in Mexico. His mother and father were naturalized American citizens who lived near Houston and had wanted to bring him to the United States with them. But because he was already an adult, with a wife and a child, he was subject to a long waiting period for a green card.

He went on with his life in Mexico, building a business selling laser printers and buying a comfortable four-bedroom house. He had more or less forgotten all about the prospect of moving to the United States when, around Christmas in 1999, his mother told him she had a present for him: an Immigration and Naturalization Service letter inviting him and his family to apply for permanent residency.

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Court Rulings Help Illegal Immigrants’ College-Bound Children

September 5, 2012

Several states with financial difficulties have moved quietly in recent years to reduce spending on college education by denying low tuition rates and financial aid to American citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants.

But in separate decisions over the past month, courts in New Jersey and Florida have rebuffed those efforts, adding new limits to the measures state officials can take to crack down on illegal immigrants by denying benefits to them and their families.

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The Startling Urban Dynamic in Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law

August 10, 2012

Something big is happening in Philadelphia ahead of this fall’s presidential election – the first in the state since a stringent new Voter ID law was passed earlier this year – although people there concerned about it are having a maddeningly hard time putting their finger on the precise size of the problem. The city has just over 1 million registered voters. About 800,000 of them are considered "active."

"And about a third of them are on one of these two lists as potentially having ID problems," says Tom Boyer. He's a former journalist and computer scientist living in Philadelphia who has gotten involved in analyzing the potential impacts of Pennsylvania’s controversial law, which is now in the throes of a legal challenge. Boyer suspects that something historically bad could happen if the law isn’t overturned, and not enough people are talking about it.

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Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals, Obama Immigration Program, Begins Taking Applications

August 15, 2012

Young undocumented immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the HomelandSecurity Department starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get work permits.

Homeland Security announced the details Tuesday of what forms undocumented immigrants would need to prove that they are eligible for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The announcement came a day before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was set to begin letting people apply for the program.

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Obama's New Deportation Rule Changes Campaign Playing Field

June 16, 2012

President Obama's bombshell announcement that deportation rules will be eased to allow some young, undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States and apply for work permits could play a strong role in the upcoming presidential election.

The lives of some 800,000 young immigrants were immediately changed by the new rule announced Friday, which allows them to avoid deportation, at least for the time being.

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June 10, 2012

As President Obama heads into the main stretch of his re-election campaign, his immigration policies have produced few gains for Latinos, whose votes could be crucial for him in November.

The Department of Homeland Security reported last week that only about 4,400 deportations of illegal immigrants had been halted nationwide under a major initiative started a year ago.

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In Defense of Voting Rights

May 19, 2012

Racial discrimination in voting is “one of the gravest evils that Congress can seek to redress,” Judge David Tatel wrote in a crucial ruling on Friday upholding the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act. In extending the law in 2006, Congress did just that, after reviewing racial bias in the nine states and parts of several others that have deep histories of discrimination. These “covered jurisdictions” had long been required by Section 5 of the law to get permission from the Justice Department or a federal court before making any changes to their voting rules. Congress found that discriminatory practices were still persistent and pervasive in those jurisdictions, and that the preclearance requirement remained necessary.

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Obama Campaign Grapples With New Voter ID Laws

April 29, 2012

Field workers for President Obama’s campaign fanned out across the country over the weekend in an effort to confront a barrage of new voter identification laws that strategists say threaten the campaign’s hopes for registering new voters ahead of the November election.

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Minnesota Voter ID: State Legislature Bypasses Gov. Mark Dayton, Puts Measure On Ballot

April 4, 2012

A controversial voter photo ID requirement will be on the ballot in Minnesota in November after the Republican-led legislature gave its approval on Wednesday. The legislature's move bypasses Democratic Governor Mark Dayton - who vetoed a voter ID bill last year - and puts the proposed amendment to the state's constitution directly in the hands of voters. State senators voted along party lines on Wednesday to put the measure on the ballot. The state's representatives gave their approval shortly after midnight.

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Minnesota may bypass governor on voter ID law

March 21, 2012

Minnesota's Republican-led legislature on Wednesday advanced plans to bypass Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and let voters decide if the state should adopt a controversial voter photo ID requirement that he rejected last year.

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Voter ID rules: A solution in search of a problem

March 12, 2012

FOR THE SECOND TIME in three months, the Obama administration has blocked a state law pushed by Republicans that, using the pretext of a nearly nonexistent problem of voting fraud, discriminates against minority voters by establishing more stringent voter ID rules.

Memo to Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell: You might be next.

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The Latino vote: A factor in swing states come November

February 27th, 2012

If there was still any doubt about Mitt Romney's position on immigration, it was erased last Thursday during the CNN Republican presidential debate in Mesa, Arizona. The former Michigan governor referred to Arizona's controversial HB1070 law as "a model" for the nation. The initiative approved in 2010 that cracks down on illegal immigration has been denounced by Hispanic and immigration rights groups as extreme.

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Why the Latino Vote in Arizona Could Be Decisive in 2012

February 22, 2012

Consider it an awkward coincidence: The final Republican debate before the Super Tuesday primary took place in Arizona, at the epicenter of the national immigration debate. When the remaining four candidates took the stage on Wednesday night, they were asked about the state’s tough crackdown on illegal immigration, which has defined the local Republican Party in recent years, buoyed the hopes of local Democrats and been condemned by, among others, the U.S. Department of Justice. The candidates needed to answer carefully.

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Thoughts on Hispanic Heritage Month

August 10, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month will soon be upon us, and I'm reminded about the critical issues related to Latino cultural identity in this country.

As Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center, I received a request from a Latino student group at the University of Maryland, to speak to them on the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month. I've never done one of these before, so I accepted the invitation, figuring maybe they were looking for an elder perspective on Latino history and identity. I'm a little nervous about it.

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Ten Reasons Young People Should Come Forward For Deferred Action

August 14, 2012

On August 15, the first of perhaps a million or more people who qualify for the DREAM Act will begin stepping forward to apply and pay fees for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a form of temporary deportation relief for undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria. Each case will be evaluated individually, but I am encouraging those who meet the basic criteria to consider applying for DACA or at least get all the information they can about whether it is the right thing for them. Thousands will join me and Senator Dick Durbin, the author of the DREAM Act, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago at the Navy Pier for a workshop on the new program conducted by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and numerous local groups.

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Pa. voter ID law gets approval of state judge

August 15, 2012

A Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday that a new Republican-supported state voter ID law could be implemented for Election Day, despite objections that it was a partisan attempt to hurt President Obama and could cost thousands of voters the right to cast ballots.

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June 27, 2012

Latino voters still strongly favor President Obama in November's election, two new polls say, but their level of enthusiasm is unclear, a data point that will probably redouble campaign efforts to rally Latino voters.

The president's announcement June 15 that he would allow undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to stay in the country, provided they meet certain criteria, created a big bump in support among Latinos, according to a poll released Wednesday by Latino Decisions and the left-leaning group America's Voice. The poll, which surveyed registered Latino voters in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia -- along with Arizona, which the president hopes to put in play -- found that Obama leads Romney by 63% to 27% in those states.

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June 10, 2012

Florida is one of a number of states to have recently imposed ill-considered restrictions on voting rights, as it interferes with efforts to register new voters and seeks to purge non-citizens from state voting rolls.

State officials, acting at the behest of Gov. Rick Scott (R), have scoured driver’s license and other records to identify non-citizens and have forwarded a list of 2,600 supposedly ineligible voters to local elections officials for further action. Chris Cate, a Florida Division of Elections spokesman, asserted that the division has “a duty under both state and federal laws to ensure that Florida’s voter registration rolls are current and accurate.” But the state also has a duty to ensure that those legally entitled to vote are not unjustly prevented from doing so. The last thing the state needs is another election tainted by questions of fairness.

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Why Older Latinos Matter in Election

May 31, 2012

There is no doubt that Latinos are a growing political force in America. One out of every six Americans is Latino. Latinos are turning places such as North Carolina into new battleground states while remaining critical in Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.

The importance of the Latino vote is not lost on the presidential candidates. The Obama campaign is making an unprecedented outreach to Latinos, spending an estimated $1 million on Spanish-language advertising to date.

Much of this advertising and outreach has focused on reaching younger Latinos since Latinos are a very young population -- more than a third are under 18.

However, Latino senior citizens should not be ignored in this election.

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