The battle over comprehensive immigration reform has been underway for many years, but is becoming particularly heated in the current run up to the 2016 Presidential election.
CPAF believes that Latino communities should be fully engaged in the democratic process to ensure the outcome of the current debate represents their views. Thus, CPAF has supported several efforts to ensure the voices of Latinos are heard, whether that is in the press coverage of the election, the statements of candidates, or by the make-up of the candidates themselves and whether they are drawn from the communities they purport to represent.
Immigration reform legislation is unlikely prior to the election, but the nature of the debate during the election will set the stage for a renewed effort to enact comprehensive reform in 2017 and beyond. Strong Latino turnout at the polls is essential to ensuring a positive outcome.