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The Economy vs. Immigration: What Will Unlock the Latino Vote in 2012?

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

October 18, 2012


(Image: Courtesy of Rob Boudon)

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  • Maria Hinojosa, President and CEO, Futuro Media Group; Executive Producer and Anchor, Latino USA (moderator)
  • Fernand Amandi, Managing Partner, Bendixen & Amandi International
  • Jordan Fabian, Political Editor, Univisión News
  • Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
  • Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center

Opening Remarks:

  • John Rudolph, Executive Producer, Feet in 2 Worlds
  • Jason Marczak, Director of Policy, AS/COA

Latino voters are expected to play a pivotal role in the U.S. presidential election, especially in several key battleground states. Join us for a town hall event that brings together journalists, pollsters, and policy experts to explore the complex relationship between the Latino electorate and the candidates. Will economic concerns such as unemployment and housing foreclosures guide Latinos at the voting booth? Will the candidates' immigration policies dominate? Or will large numbers of Latinos simply sit out this election?

Panelists explored the political cross-currents buffeting Latinos, providing insight on the probable outcome of the election, as well as political and policy implications over the next four years.

The event will form a segment on National Public Radio’s “Latino USA” program to be broadcast at a later date.

Event Information: Ryan Berger at or 1-212-277-8393.
Press: Adriana La Rotta at or 1-212-277-8384.

Maria Hinojosa

President & CEO, Futuro Media Group | Executive Producer & Anchor, Latino USA

Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad for 25 years. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched the Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American experience.

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Chung-Wha Hong

Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition

Chung-Wha Hong serves as the executive director of The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), an umbrella advocacy organization made up of approximately 200 immigrant organizations throughout New York State. The NYIC has become a leading advocacy voice for the diverse immigrant communities in New York state and has built political power and fostered strong leadership in immigrant communities through issue campaigns, capacity building, leadership development, and civic participation programs.

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Mark Hugo Lopez

Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center

Mark Hugo Lopez is the associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan project of the Pew Research Center that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the nation. Founded in 2001, Pew Hispanic Center is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a public charity based in Philadelphia.

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Jordan Fabian

Political Editor, Univisión News

Jordan Fabian is the political editor for Univision News’s English-language portal. Prior to joining Univision in 2011, he worked as a staff writer at The Hill newspaper in Washington, DC where he covered Congress and the 2012 presidential campaign. Jordan has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN, and has contributed to a number of nationally-syndicated radio programs. He also freelanced for Hispanic Business magazine. Jordan hails from Olney, Maryland and is a lifelong resident of the Washington area.

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Fernand Amandi

Managing Partner, Bendixen & Amandi International

Fernand Amandi is managing partner at Bendixen & Amandi International, where he manages the firm and brings over a decade’s worth of experience in research and strategic management with an emphasis in corporate, political, and public affairs consulting for clients including the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, Univisión, New America Media, the White House, the John & James L. Knight Foundation, the California Endowment, U.S. Senator John Kerry, and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez.

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