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Rep. Xavier Becerra on the Latino Vote in 2012 and Beyond

July 19, 2012, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

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As the summer heats up so will attention on the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. electorate: Latino voters. Latinos already comprise over 10 percent of the population in close to a dozen states. In a number of the most closely watched battleground states, including Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada, Latino voters have the power to sway the upcoming presidential election as well as impact House and Senate races.

What are the issues this community cares about? Are they different than other voters? How does the issue of immigration impact Latino voters?

Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) for a discussion on the power and potential of the Latino vote in the upcoming election and beyond. This event will contextualize the recent demographic changes that have put Latinos in an ever more important electoral position, and talk about their voting preferences, as well as the challenges to increasing voter registration and turnout.

Welcoming remarks:
Angela M. Kelley, Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Featured speaker:
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Vice Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and former Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Featured panelists:
Gary Segura, Co-founder, Latino Decisions, and Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Chicano/a Studies at Stanford University
Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza

A light breakfast will be served at 9:00am.

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