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CAUCUS MEMO: As Democrats compete in NV for the Latino vote, GOP candidates continue to disrespect the community

To: Interested Parties
From: Cory Warfield, Presidential Caucus Director, Nevada State Democratic Party
Subject: CAUCUS MEMO: As Democrats compete in NV for the Latino vote, GOP candidates continue to disrespect the community
Subject: Thursday, November 5, 2015

In the next week, all three major Democratic Presidential campaigns will compete for the Latino vote in Nevada ahead of the First in the West Presidential Caucuses on February 20th, 2016.  On Sunday and Monday, candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders will be in Las Vegas speaking at the Fair Immigration Reform Movement gathering.  Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is conducting Latino outreach in Reno with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. The Democratic Presidential candidates all believe that immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship should be a priority.

The simple fact is that while the Democratic candidates for President support policies that will benefit Nevada’s Latino community – such as comprehensive immigration reform and making college more affordable – Republicans from Capitol Hill to the campaign trail continue to follow Donald Trump’s lead in disrespecting, dismissing, and insulting the Latino community.

Just in the last few days:

Newly minted House Republican Speaker Paul Ryan went out of his way to appease the extreme members of his caucus, declaring at every chance he could get – from the Sunday shows to the opinion pages – that there is no possible way he would allow a vote on comprehensive immigration reform.

Republicans – reportedly at the request of Donald Trump’s campaign manager – canceled a Presidential debate on Telemundo because they are afraid of answering tough questions.

Absentee Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio said yesterday, “we’re not going to pass comprehensive immigration reform in this country,” and that if elected President, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was “going to end.”

All of this makes clear one thing: While Democrats are campaigning hard in Nevada for the Latino vote and will pass policies to improve their lives, Republican candidates and leaders have closed the door on immigration reform and insultingly canceled the lone Republican debate to be broadcast on a Spanish-Language television station.  The Latino community will remember all this when they go to caucus next February, and in the general election next November.