Latino voter group launches “F the Wall” campaign

6/2/16 CBS News

Us-mexico-border“F the Wall” is the suggestive shorthand for a new Latino American voter registration campaign that officially goes by the name, “Fight the Wall! Register a Mexican to Vote!”

“Ever since the presidential election’s discourse turned into ‘Deport undocumented workers, build a border wall,’ we’ve been contemplating how we should take that energy…and turn it into greater voter participation through voter registration and turnout,” said Antonio Gonzales, president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, the non-profit, non-partisan group that launched the effort.

The campaign aims to register and turn out as many as it can of the 8 to 10 million U.S.-born unregistered Mexican Americans in the U.S. so they can vote in November’s general election.

Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, has built his campaign on the idea of a border wall, but he’s apparently not the only presidential candidate who has inspired the campaign.

“On both sides, there has been a majority of people [saying] build a wall up until now,” said Gonzales, who added that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are “not innocent either” and “haven’t disavowed the wall.”

Founded in 1974, the project estimates that it has since registered 2.5 million people to vote. On average, Gonzales says his group has helped register between 50,000 and 250,000 people each presidential election cycle and has raised between $3 million and $5 million.

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Latinos in the 2016 Election: State Fact Sheets

Pew Research Center

Pew_Research_Center_logoThe state fact sheets contain data on the size and social and economic characteristics of the Hispanic and non-Hispanic eligible voter populations. 
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The state fact sheets below contain data on the size and social and economic characteristics of the Hispanic and non-Hispanic eligible voter populations. These fact sheets are based on Pew Research Center’s tabulations of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Eligible voters are defined as U.S. citizens ages 18 and older.

Border apprehensions, views of immigrants, 10 demographic trends

pew hispanic trends

April 15, 2016

Apprehensions of Mexican migrants at U.S. borders reach near-historic low

The number of Mexican migrants apprehended at U.S. borders in fiscal 2015 dropped to the lowest levels in nearly 50 years. This change comes after a period in which net migration of Mexicans to the U.S. had fallen to lows not seen since the 1940s. READ MORE >

Americans’ views of immigrants marked by widening partisan, generational divides

Republicans and Democrats continue to disagree deeply over immigration policies, including how to deal with undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and whether to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Underlying these differences is a substantial – and growing – partisan divide over whether immigrants generally are a strength or burden on the country. READ MORE >

10 demographic trends that are shaping the U.S. and the world

Americans are more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, and the U.S. is projected to be even more diverse in the coming decades. These demographic changes are shifting the electorate – and American politics. The 2016 electorate will be the most diverse in U.S. history due to strong growth among Hispanic eligible voters, particularly U.S.-born youth.
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Demographic research: From multiracial children to gender identity, what demographers are studying now

Latinos in the 2016 Election: State Fact Sheets

The state fact sheets contain data on the size and social and economic characteristics of the Hispanic and non-Hispanic eligible voter populations. READ MORE >

April 19 primary: New York
April 19 primary: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island

EVENT TODAY | Latinos in America: From Immigrants to Citizens

jklWHEN: TODAY, Monday October 26, 2015, 3:00-4:00pm

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson Center

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Latinos are one of the fastest growing minorities in American society. But who or what is a Latino? Many are recent arrivals and they are making the transition from immigrants to citizens. But how fast are they integrating, what are their political views, and how will they affect American politics ‪‎in coming decades? The Latino Center for Leadership Development in Dallas, the Tower Center at SMU, and the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute are seeking to answer these and other questions, looking at the socio-demographic profile of Latinos, the dilemmas of civic and political integration, and the hurdles that Latinos face in their quest to become full citizens.

Speakers

Michael Jones-Correa
Former Fellow

Miryam Hazán
Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank

Andrew Selee (Moderator)
Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute

Miguel Esteban Solis
President, Latino Center for Leadership Development

Tom K. Wong
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

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Latino Voters and the 2014 Midterm Elections

10/16/14 Pew Research

yo voteA record 25.2 million Latinos are eligible to vote in the 2014 midterm elections, making up, for the first time, 11% of all eligible voters nationwide. But despite a growing national presence, in many states with close Senate and gubernatorial races this year, Latinos make up a smaller share of eligible voters, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Research Center.1 Since 2010, the number of Hispanic eligible voters has increased by 3.9 million. Their share among eligible voters nationally is also on the rise, up from 10.1% in 2010 and 8.6% in 2006 (Lopez, 2011), reflecting the relatively faster growth of the Hispanic electorate compared with other groups.

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Latinos’ Role in Local Elections, Wave of Success for Mexican Filmmakers, and President Peña Nieto takes Boldest Security Step Yet– Weekly News Summary: November 8

coffee-by-flikr-user-samrevel1The Mexico Institute’s “Weekly News Summary,” released every Friday afternoon summarizes the week’s most prominent Mexico headlines published in the English-language press, as well as the most engaging opinion pieces by Mexican columnists.

What the English language press had to say…

One of the main topics for this week’s news outlets was on the role Hispanics are playing in local elections. According to the New York Times, Republicans in Congress have seen two test cases for how the party should move on immigration. Exit polls showed that Gov. Chris Christie boosted to a blowout victory because he improved his standing among Latinos by 19 percentage points over his first run. In Virginia, it is estimated that Latinos accounted for 35,000 out of about 55,000 votes in Mr. McAuliffe’s slim margin victory. According to the Newspaper, House Republicans are becoming aware of the strategic importance of Latinos.

In a similar topic, Politico reported that the AFL-CIO is poised to launch a seven-figure television campaign assailing House Republicans for their inaction on immigration reform. These new commercials are aimed at raising the stakes for the whole Republican Party in the debate over immigration, said AFL-CIO strategist Tom Snyder.

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Showing Grass-Roots Support for Immigration Overhaul

IMG_4496New York Times, 5/1/2013

Tens of thousands of immigrants, Latinos and other supporters of an overhaul of the immigration system turned out on Wednesday for marches, rallies and prayer vigils, hoping to show Congress that momentum is building for a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.

Instead of concentrating on large May Day demonstrations, organizers said they had chosen to hold smaller actions in more than 100 cities nationwide to draw more local supporters.

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