You are cordially invited to a discussion entitled The Politics of the Latino Vote: Immigration and the Run Up to 2016 with Tom Jawetz, Vice President of Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress; Josiane Martinez, Founder, Archipelago Strategies Group; and Sophia Jordán Wallace, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University as part of the Ash Center's Race and American Politics Seminar Series. This discussion will be moderated by HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy Leah Wright Rigueur.
Following the defeat of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in 2012, the Republican National Committee commissioned an "autopsy" report, which explicitly called for the party to champion comprehensive immigration reform. Though a bipartisan immigration bill passed in the Senate, it was never considered by the House of Representatives, and hopes for the passage of sweeping immigration reform legislation ultimately collapsed. Leading 2016 GOP presidential contenders have largely taken a hard line on immigration, counter to the RNC's autopsy report recommendations. Panelists will explore why the GOP has eschewed comprehensive immigration reform in light of the RNC autopsy report, discuss immigration's role in the 2016 presidential race, and assess possible Latino voter response to the campaign's immigration rhetoric.
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