Why Young Latino Voters Are More Important Than Ever

A new PSA from Voto Latino is urging Latino voters to help deliver the vote this November.

The PSA, titled “Ganas” (Spanish for “desire” or “drive”), was directed by Ricardo de Montreuil, and features cast members of Hulu’s hit show “East Los High,” as well as Noel Gugliemi of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise. Gugliemi plays the role of a math teacher who is determined to convince his students that their vote matters and that apathy is unacceptable.

“For our community, not voting is not an option,”said Gugliemi in a statement released by Voto Latino. “There are 12 million young Latinos eligible to vote in 2016, and we need them all to participate. [’Ganas’] targets young Latinos who have the most at stake in this election and we need them to participate in record number.”

Read more at HuffPost Latino Voices.

Maria Hinojosa on Univision: Latinos Were Invisible in First Presidential Debate

During a national television appearance with Univision’s Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, Latino USA anchor and executive producer Maria Hinojosa said that Latinos were invisible at Monday night’s first presidential debate, explaining that even though Latinos are interested in the election, very few topics that interest Latino voters were discussed.

“It’s obvious that Latino and Latina voters are interested in this election,” Hinojosa said in Spanish. “The sad part up to a certain point is that we were invisible again. In other words, when it comes to issues and topics that interest us [as Latinos], that speak to us. We were invisible.”

Hinojosa then turned to Ramos and Salinas and added: “Like the two of you have said, we have to have Latinos and Latinas as part of these debates to bring this topics to light. We are a voting group that must be included in all this, but we aren’t.”

Recently, many prominent Latinos have asked why the current cycle of presidential debates does not have a Latino moderator. In addition, there was real-time online critiques that debate moderator Lester Holt did not ask any specific questions about immigration policy, a topic that still polls as a top issue for Latino voters and has also become a controversial cornerstone of Trump’s campaign.

The Futuro Media Group president was part a pre- and post-debate panel with the Univision anchors. Jorge Hernandez of the group Los Tigres del Norte also joined the discussion.

The following text is a rough translation of Hinojosa’s post-debate comments from the edited video featured at the top of this post:

JORGE RAMOS: Maria, who won?
MARIA HINOJOSA: You know, Jorge and María Elena, I think we need to see this within a historical context. It is perhaps the first time that we as journalists —and as citizens— have to decide who won a debate of this kind when we know that someone like Donald Trump, as reported by a paper of record in the United States, The New York Times, that Trump is someone who lies. So how are we judging a debate when we already know that we are commenting about someone who lies, and that is Donald Trump? We could say that he didn’t fully lose his patience or that she [Clinton] was completely in control. But for me, in explaining who won the debate, I am thinking about the voters. How many Latinos and Latinos who were watching this felt motivated by something they heard to the point that they will go out and vote? We don’t know, but yes, in the end, the topic of sexism, mentioning the name of Alicia Machado, who decided to become a citizen and whom Donald Trump insulted several times when she was a Miss Universe contestant. Maybe this example, especially for young Latinos, maybe that could motivate them to vote.


RAMOS: We have a few minutes left in this special coverage. What are your takeaways?
HINOJOSA: The same, thinking about how the Latino voter who has not yet decided. Listen to this, Jorge, right now we know that a quarter of the Latino electorate is either with a third party candidate, is still undecided or is thinking of writing in a candidate. Who are those Latino voters who have decided to not align themselves with either Republicans or Democrats? Fascinating.


MARIA ELENA SALINAS: It could be said that this debate was very contentious. At times it felt that the moderator Lester Holt was losing control.
HINOJOSA: Well, once again, it’s difficult at this moment when we see Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton together for the first time, how they acted off each other. But yes, in the sense that Hillary Clinton obviously has done her homework, she’s someone who is interested in politics and policy, she understands that. However, that can be both positive and negative. Instead of communicating with her heart at times, she might come across at times as a bit too technical.
SALINAS: Too rigid?
HINOJOSA: A bit rigid. On the other hand, Donald Trump, we started to see him appear to be in control.
RAMOS: At the beginning…
HINOJOSA: At the beginning, but then it didn’t take long for him to suddenly start interrupting, and that gave us a chance to see how he acts in a presidential setting, and that leads me think how he would act in an international situation with other presidents, and will he lose his patience?


SALINAS: Donald Trump has practically built his campaign via social media.
HINOJOSA: On another note, Maria and Jorge [points to Jorge from Los Tigres del Norte] are responding to Maria and Jorge. [Laughter.]
SALINAS: The two Marias and the two Jorges.
HINOJOSA; It’s obvious that Latino and Latina voters are interested in this election. The sad part up to a certain point is that we were invisible again. In other words, when it comes to issues and topics that interest us [as Latinos], that speak to us. We were invisible. Like the two of you have said, we have to have Latinos and Latinas as part of these debates to bring this topics to light. We are a voting group that must be included in all this, but we aren’t.
RAMOS: What did you think of Lester Holt? Lester Holt is the moderator of the debate. What did you think of his performance?
HINOJOSA: Well, I wouldn’t want to be sitting where he was sitting.
RAMOS: It’s hard.
HINOJOSA: Very hard. At one moment, I even tweeted ‘FACTS, FACTS, FACTS’ because at times when he was moderating, he couldn’t stop at each moment to say, ‘This is false. This is another false point.’ But there were certain moments when I thought that he had to define it more and ask for a clearer explanation from Donald Trump and from Hillary Clinton.
[At this point, Salinas explains what the fact checkers were doing that night.]


RAMOS: You’re getting animated, Maria, jump in.
HINOJOSA: You know, Jorge, people say that one of the reasons why Latinos don’t come out to vote in the large numbers that we could vote at, it’s because we don’t feel included in this country’s political conversation. Furthermore, many say that Latino families should be talking about politics when we are having dinner together or on weekends, especially talking about political topics when our kids are very young, too.
RAMOS: Sure.
HINOJOSA: Start talking about the elections, about political parties, about participation, so that it becomes part of our culture. We shouldn’t see ourselves as Latinos separated from the political process, but instead, we should be saying, ‘This is our country.”
SALINAS: Not only understanding that the Latino community has to exercise their rights, but also take their responsibilities very seriously.
RAMOS: This is our country. Before the debate, I spoke with my son Nicolás and told him, ‘Nicolás, you have to see the debate.’ He wrote back to me and said, ‘Yes, Dad.’

In Pre-Debate Latino Voter Tracking Poll, Clinton Maintains 54-Point Lead Over Trump

The second week of a National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Education Fund, Telemundo and Latino Decisions tracking poll released hours before Monday night’s first presidential debate has Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 54 points with Latino voters. In a poll that ran between September 12 and September 17 (+/- 4.4% margin of error), Clinton’s Latino support was as 72%, with Trump earning 18% support. In last week’s version of the the poll, Clinton was at 71% and Trump had 18% Latino support.

The September 12-17 tracking poll also asked how certain voters were for their choices. Only 12% said they were certainly voting for Trump, while 53% said they were certainly voting for Clinton.

Other findings from this week’s tracking poll included:

Latino voters think Donald Trump would be a poor choice on Latin American policy. Only 9% of respondents thought would Trump could be trusted to strengthen relations between the U.S. and Latin America. Conversely, 71% thought Clinton could be trusted on this issue.

Latino voters don’t think Donald Trump will bring the change Washington needs. In fact, 70% of voters think so. On the other hand, 75% of voters said Clinton possesses the right experience to be President. 

NALEO, Telemundo, Latino Decisions Tracking Poll: Week 2 by Latino USA on Scribd

Editor’s note: Latino Decisions’ co-founders conduct separate polling for the Clinton campaign. They are not associated with this NALEO tracking poll.

Two New Polls Show Donald Trump Is Sill Having Problems With Latino Voters

With less than 50 days until the presidential election, more polls focusing on Latino voters are beginning to emerge. Besides a Univision poll of Latinos in swing states and a recent tracking poll both showing Hillary Clinton with big leads over Donald Trump, two new polls released Thursday conclude that Trump’s Latino support has yet to see any significant increases.

NBC News reported that Clinton has a 71-18% lead over Trump among likely Latino voters in a head-to-head matchup. Among registered Latino voters, Clinton has a 69%-18% advantage.

When the question includes Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Clinton is at 65% to Trump’s 17% with likely voters and 63%-16% with registered voters.

In addition, NBC News reported that 80% of Latinos polled view Trump unfavorably. This latest poll, which ran from September 15–20, was conducted by NBC News, Telemundo and The Wall Street Journal. It sampled 300 registered Latinos in both English and in Spanish. It has a +/- 5.66% margin of error for registered voters and a +/- 6% for registered voters. Here are the full results of the poll:

Another Swing State Poll

A poll of Latinos in five swing states from the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) provides additional insights about voter preferences. According to the poll, Clinton leads Trump by wide margins in both Latino-rich swing states (Colorado, Florida and Nevada) and swing states with smaller Latino populations (North Carolina and Ohio).


According to the poll, Clinton has leads over Trump in all age groups for the five swing states, except in Ohio, where Trump holds a 1% lead with Latinos 35-54 and in Florida, where Trump leads Clinton 49%-43% with Latinos 55–74.


Trump also has high unfavorables with Latinos in this poll. In Colorado, 80% of respondents view him unfavorably. In Florida, however, his unfavorables are just at 58%. Clinton’s highest favorable is at 65% with Colorado voters. Her highest unfavorables are at 42% in Florida and 44% in Ohio.


The FAU BEPI poll was conducted between September 15 and September 19. It sampled 400 registered Latino voters per swing state. The margin of error is at +/-4.9. You can read the full results below:

11 Latinos Nail the Beauty and Pride of Hispanic Heritage

The Latino community is incredibly diverse, especially when considering it’s made up of a variety of races and nationalities. But celebrating our differences doesn’t mean we can’t also celebrate what binds us together.

With that in mind we asked HuffPost Latino Voices readers on Instagram to tell us what makes them proud to be Hispanic or Latinx, and they responded with beautiful and thoughtful messages of pride and love for their culture.

Here are just 11 Latinos on what makes them proud of their Hispanic heritage.

Meet the other 10 Latinos at HuffPost Latino Voices.

Vicente Fernández Just Did a Corrido for Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)

On the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, music legend Vicente Fernández came out of retirement to pen a corrido for Hillary Clinton, Buzzfeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo reported Tuesday night.

“El corrido de Hillary Clinton” starts with Fernández speaking about Latino unity, before breaking into his support for Clinton. Here is a quick translation of what Chente sings:

I am Latino
Through and through
So proud of that.
And I’ll remind you, my brother,
We need to unite, hand in hand.
Until Hillary Clinton
Is guaranteed a victory.
We are an important family
That always moves forward.
My freedom, my rights
Hillary respects them.
With her as President,
We will always have a bridge.
My people were hurt
By someone who insulted us.
Hillary, we are with you.
You can count on our vote.
You will be our voice
When you become President.

The song’s melody is very similar to “Los Mandados,” a Fernández hit about a migrant crossing the United States-Mexico border and being captured by immigration officials.

After the song, Chente makes a plea to Clinton, asking her to not forget about Mexicans and Latin Americans. He also said he would visit the White House when and if Clinton wins the election.

The video was produced by the Latino Victory Project, founded by Eva Longoria and Henry Muñoz III. As BuzzFeed reports, in 2000 Fernández performed for George W. Bush at the 2000 Republican National Convention.

The Top 10 Takeaways About Latino Voters From Newest NALEO/Telemundo/Latino Decisions Poll

A new tracking poll released Monday from the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Education Fund, Telemundo and Latino Decisions is offering a detailed look into the mood of Latino voters less than 60 days before Election Day.

Here are the top 10 takeaways from the poll:

Clinton has a commanding lead over Trump. Clinton has 71% support and Trump has only 18%.

Passing comprehensive immigration reform is still the top priority for Latino voters. 30% of respondents listed it first. The second priority was job creation at 20%.

Political campaigns are not doing a good job with Latino outreach. 61% of respondents said they have not been contacted by a campaign in this election cycle.

Trump’s comments about immigrants are racist. Seven out of 10 Latinos agreed with that statement.

Clinton has trust issues with Latinos. 50% of respondents said they don’t find Clinton trustworthy.

Trump doesn’t care about the Latino community. 80% said he didn’t care, with only 20% saying he did.

How candidates talk about immigrants and immigration issues is very important. 74% of respondents said so.

Donald Trump’s unfavorables are at 70%, while Hillary Clinton’s favorables are at 65%. Trump’s total favorables are at 25% and Clinton’s unfavorables are at 30%.

43% of respondents say Republicans are being hostile to Latinos. Conversely, 59% of respondents think Democrats are doing a good job.

There is more enthusiasm for the 2016 election than there is for the 2012 election. 48% said they were more enthusiastic to vote in 2016. 31% were more enthusiastic in 2012. 

The full topline results are below:

Editor’s note: Latino Decisions’ co-founders conduct separate polling for the Clinton campaign. They are not associated with this NALEO tracking poll.

Trump’s Numbers Still at Around 11% with Latinos in Newest National Tracking Poll

Donald Trump’s support with Latino voters continues to stay stuck at around the 11 percent mark in the latest release of the New Latino Voice (NLV) online tracking poll, conducted by Florida International University and Hispanic mobile advertising company Adsmovil.

The September 6–12 version of the tracking poll, which has been running since April, puts Trump in third place with 11.2% of Latino support, with Other at 13.6% and Hillary Clinton at 75.2%. (For a summary of the poll’s methodology, click here.)


The previous version of the poll had Trump at 10.7%.

When this week’s poll focused solely on Florida, the Republican candidate is not faring any better, earning 11.9% Latino support to Clinton’s 74.6% and Other’s 13.4%.


The Miami-Dade portion of the poll shows Clinton at 72.7%, Trump at 14.1% and Other at 13.2%.


The NLV results have been consistent with other national Latino polls, including the newest NALEO Educational Fund/Noticias Telemundo/Latino Decisions tracking poll, whose first week was released on Monday. In that poll, 71% of Latino respondents chose Clinton, 18% chose Trump, 5% chose someone else and 6% were undecided. (The co-founders of Latino Decisions work with the Clinton campaign on other polling, and they have gone on record to say that they are not involved with these types of national Latino polls.)

The NALEO/Telemundo/LD poll also said that “60 percent of Latino registered voters reported that they had not been contacted by a campaign, political party or organization.”

The toplines from this week’s NLV poll are below:

DHS Reports 2016 Apprehension Increase of Families and Unaccompanied Minors

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security shared data that showed an increase in the apprehension of families and unaccompanied minors at the United States-Mexico border. According to DHS, Fiscal Year 2016 apprehensions are matching or exceeding FY2014 levels, even though DHS has yet to report final FY2016 numbers for September.

The following DHS chart shows the increase of families who have been apprehended at the border from FY2012–2016. The blue line represents FY2016. In August, DHS apprehended 9,359 families. In February, it was 3,051 families. The total number of families apprehended in the first 11 months of FY2016 was 68,080 families. For the full 12 months of FY2014, the total number of family apprehensions was 68,445.


DHS defines “family units” as the “number of individuals (either a child under 18 years old, parent or legal guardian) apprehended with a family member by the U.S. Border Patrol.”

For the first 11 months of FY2016, DHS reported that 23,897 of the families apprehended were from El Salvador, 20,070 were from Guatemala, 17,608 were from Honduras and 3,145 came from Mexico. DHS also provided a chart comparing countries of origin between FY2016 and FY2015. Only Mexico has seen a decrease in apprehensions.


The apprehension of unaccompanied minors has also increased in FY2016, when compared to FY2015, but it is likely not to exceed FY2014 figures. In the first 11 months of FY2016, 54,052 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended. In FY2014, the total number for the full 12 months was 68,541. However, the number of monthly apprehensions since February 2016 almost doubled in August 2016.


DHS also listed countries of origin for unaccompanied minors apprehended since FY2009. In FY2016, 17,113 unaccompanied minors from Guatemala were apprehended, while 15,987 minors were from El Salvador, 10,854 were from Mexico and 9,305 migrated from Honduras. In FY2009, 1,115 minors came from Guatemala, 1,221 from El Salvador and just 968 arrived from Honduras. In other words, when comparing FY2009 to FY2016, apprehensions of unaccompanied minors from Guatemala increased by more than 1500%. El Salvador has seen an increase of about 1300% and the percentage increase Honduras is about 961%.


You can access the full DHS report here.

Poll: Clinton Leads Trump With Latinos in Four Swing States But Has Yet to Reach Obama 2012 Level

A new Univision poll of Latino voters in four key swing states shows Hillary Clinton with significant leads over Donald Trump, although some of those leads do not match the Latino margins Barack Obama had over Mitt Romney in 2012.

According to the poll, Clinton has leads with Latinos over Trump in Florida (53-29), Arizona (68-18), Colorado (62-17) and Nevada (65-19).

(Graphic by Univision)

But when compared to 2012, Clinton’s Latino support in these four swing states is less than what Obama got.

(Image by Univision)
(Graphic by Univision)

Buzzfeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo reported that these poll numbers, when compared to Obama’s 2012 numbers, are worrying Democrats and Latino groups, resulting in a more concerted effort to register new voters and drum up more enthusiasm for Clinton during Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe and Scott Clement also examined Clinton’s Latino numbers and how “more than 4 in 10 voters in each state” say “[Clinton] is a liar — including 49 percent in Nevada.” As O’Keefe and Clement write, “Other national polls show that Clinton is viewed unfavorably by a majority of all American voters. Her campaign has acknowledged that she must do more to present a more positive message and explain what she would do as president.”

To access the entire Univision poll, go here. A follow-up poll for these same four states will occur in October as well as before the November election.