A Discussion in Virginia About the Politics of Immigration in the 2012 Elections

Political analysts and Latino Leaders are ready to discuss. GMU Professor Michael McDonald to Release New Poll of Virginia Latino Voters.


Washington, DC – In key swing states like Virginia and at the national level, Latino and new citizen voters are changing politics.  While they care about the same issues as all Americans, they have a unique and personal connection to the immigration debate that shapes their political views.

This Monday, October 15th from 12pm-1:30 p.m. ET, local and national political analysts and Latino leaders will discuss the politics of immigration and the Latino vote in a live-streamed event held in the Student Union Room 3A at George Mason University.

At this event, co-sponsored by the Department of Public and International Affairs and the Middle East Studies Program, GMU associate professor Michael McDonald will release fresh polling of Latino voters in Virginia and a diverse panel of experts will analyze the findings and assess the way the presidential, Senate, and House candidates have handled the issue during their campaigns.

Can Mitt Romney overcome his hardline immigration positions and meet his campaign’s ambitious goal of 38% of the Latino vote, in Nevada and nationwide?

Can Barack Obama energize and mobilize the Latino and immigrant community here and across the country?

How will Latino voters and the issue of immigration reform impact the Virginia Senate race?

These and other questions will be probed by a range of experts on the panel, drawing upon the findings from brand-new polling of Virginia Latinos.

The event will also be live-streamed. You can watch Wednesday’s event live on America’s Voice’s U-Stream page here: http://act.americasvoiceonline.org/livestream.  Video will also be available after the event.

Select polling information for next Monday’s event in Virginia will be available ahead of time under embargo.  To request a copy of the embargoed information, please email [email protected]

When:            Tuesday, October 15th, 2012 from 12-1:30 p.m. ET

What:             Latino Voters and the Politics of Immigration

Where:          Student Union I, Room 3A
, George Mason University
, 4400 University Drive, MSN 3F4
                        Fairfax, VA 22030

OR via live stream: http://act.americasvoiceonline.org/livestream

Who:               Michael McDonald, Associate Professor, George Mason University  (Moderator)
                          Matt Barreto, Assistant Professor, University of Washington and Principal, Latino Decisions
                          Vanessa Cárdenas, Director, Progress 2050 Action, Center for American Progress Action Fund
                          Alfonso Lopez, Delegate, VA House of Delegates
                          Frank Sharry, Executive Director, America’s Voice


June 2012 Polling in Virginia from Latino Decisions and America’s Voice: http://www.latinodecisions.com/files/1013/4090/1192/5_state_results.pdf

America’s Voice “Six Senate Races to Watch for Immigrant and Latino Voters”: http://amvoice.3cdn.net/6e769e10cf9909f056_8qm6i28qe.pdf

America’s Voice “Top House Races to Watch for Immigrant and Latino Voters”: http://amvoice.3cdn.net/1e5b170a2d5009c07a_kdm6b3pin.pdf

America’s Voice — Harnessing the power of American voices and American values to win common sense immigration reform.


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