Mexico Institute Event: The Decisive Vote? How Latinos voted and what it means for policy

Join the Mexico Institute for a discussion on the importance of the Latino vote and how it played out on the November 6 elections. Who voted, where and what difference did they make? What happened in a key battleground states? And what are the likely consequences for immigration reform and other policy issues?

Date: Dec. 10th // 9am to 11am // at the Woodrow Wilson Center

For more information and to RSVP visit the event page, The Decisive Vote?


Op-ed: The sleeping giant of Texas’s Latino vote

Gilberto Hinojosa and EvaLongoria, Op-ed, Politico, 10/31/12

This might be the last presidential election during which Texas is not considered a swing state. We know that the Latino vote matters in this year’s election. And the sleeping giant of the Texas Latino vote is poised to awaken and alter the fate of every future election. Latinos are a powerful and still relatively unrealized political force in this country. In Texas, we know this well: Hispanic Texans make up 30 percent of the state’s eligible voter population, and that number is increasing. We also know that Latinos significantly favor Democratic candidates – 67 percent of Latino voters supported President Barack Obama in 2008, and 70 percent are poised to support him this Election Day.

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A Latin American perspective for Latin America [Op-ed in Spanish]

La Opinion, 10/29/2012

In January, when the next president of the U.S. takes office he should take the opportunity to convey a significant message in respect to the policy of the U.S. towards Latin America.

He should announce that the policy for the hemisphere will be based on mutual respect and that he will build on the alliance between this country and its southern neighbors. He can also begin to concretely define by what means he hopes to accomplish this by.

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Mexico hackers hit official websites in cyber protest

BBC News, 9/16/12

Mexican computer hackers have taken over at least ten government and other websites in a political protest marking the country’s independence day.

The hackers – calling themselves Mexican Cyber Protest – targeted websites of political parties, media organisations and government agencies.

Hacked pages were replaced with a message denouncing the recent presidential election as fraudulent.

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