Yesterday, the Democratic Senate held a Hispanic Media Roundtable, the first-ever on-the- record discussion about issues of importance to the Latino community. LATISM was one of about 12 media outlets/journalists who were invited.
Discussion items will include but are not limited to: job creation, strengthening the economy, education, and immigration. Participating Senators included Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D-AK), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), among others.
Here’s an excerpt of the Senators’ comments:
On the Dream Act:
“The DREAM Act will happen.”
~ Sen. Richard Blumenthal
“We can’t move forward on immigration reform, including the Dream Act, unless we have Republican support.”
On attempts to limit minority voter participation:
“Obviously, many of us up here speak out against that; that’s one thing we can do. We have the federal laws on the books that i think do hurt participation. So it’s up to all of you to cover what’s going on out there because I don’t think people realize that if you start putting all of this identification requirements in, large segments of the population will be disenfranchised.”
~ Senator Tom Udall
Senator Menendez also answered the following questions coming straight from our LATISM community:
You can hear their answers to questions on the lack of progress on immigration reform in Congress, the overwhelming anxiety over the attempts to block minority voters, the administration’s current deportation policies, the Dream Act and other hot topics of the day, by hitting the play button on the audio player below. Then tell us what you think on the comments section. We want to hear your thoughts!