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For Immediate Release
May 14, 2015
Hispanics Are Set To Have a Heavier Impact
(Washington D.C.) – According to a new government report the Hispanic population in the U.S. is set to increase dramatically over the next two decades – to more than 85 million. Currently there are almost 57 million Hispanics living in the U.S., and they comprised eight percent of all voters in the 2014 election. Additionally, U. S. Hispanics currently possess more than $1 trillion in buying power – a number that is only expected to grow. This growing influence of Latinos in politics and economics will increasingly be reflected in the public policy debates across the states and in Washington, as Hispanic voters and consumers urge lawmakers to address a slow economy, immigration, the cost of healthcare, quality education, and other priorities.
Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
“The Hispanic community is a growing presence in this country, whose many contributions have made America stronger and more prosperous. If public policymakers seek to earn Latino support, we suggest they work to support legislation that will enable economic growth and expand opportunities for all, while resisting efforts to pander or demagogue. This includes advancing government policies that do not inhibit America’s entrepreneurial potential. Instead, elected leaders should focus on developing every individual’s vast capacities, their skills and their talents, like creating options for students to have access to a quality education. Reining in the growing burden of taxes, lessening regulations and approving right-to-work laws also serve to help families achieve their American Dream. Immigration as well, remains a top priority – one that many Latinos want to see resolved. Our leaders in Washington should avoid vain promises that don’t hold up, but should speak clearly and honestly on the issues Latinos care about.”