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Surging Hispanic Population A Growing Political Force

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

In the last decade the Hispanic community has grown dramatically in Texas, according to Census numbers.

There are about 3.8 million potential Latino voters, and of those, most are under 21 years old.

"You're going to have this whole community out there who understands, wait a minute there are some very important issues being talked out there by both parties, that will affect fundamentally how we run our businesses, how we get a job, and how we are educated, “ says House district 52 representative, Larry Gonzalez.
One in every six Americans is of Hispanic decent but many of those potential voters are not registering, according to a report by the William C. Velasquez Institute.

Anthony Baron, a student at the University of Texas in Austin, helped mobilize the first Latino College Tour, and he says the first event was a great success. They hosted representatives from both Republican and Democrat parties who answered basic questions about immigration, education and job security. Baron says that when it comes down to attracting the Latino vote, many politicians tend to focus on the immigration issue, “It does rub me the wrong way whenever I'm immediately considered that I'm only here for immigration reform or I'm only here for the dream act,” he says.

Baron is part of the 40 percent or 12.2 million Latinos who could elect our next president, and their views on key issues are broad. “I'm more concerned about international policy or how we are dealing with situations ongoing right now in the Middle East," says Baron.

Rebecca Acuña with the Texas Democratic party, says that Hispanics tend to vote less than non Hispanic counterparts, “we're trying our hardest to do voter registration events across the state," she points out.

During 2009 and 2010, nine states including Texas saw a decline in Latino voter registration and many of the potential voters said that they are worried about their job security and a stable economy.

Students like Anthony Baron want to make sure that the person they vote for this coming November elections will provide opportunities for graduates like him. Surging Hispanic Population A Growing Political Force


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