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Senators Launch Bipartisan Effort to Protect DREAMers from Trump

-- by Lauren Fox, TPM.com:

A Republican senator and a Democratic senator have joined forces to try to protect DREAMers and shield them from deportation as concerns mount that President-elect Donald Trump could repeal President Barack Obama's executive action to protect them.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) went to the Senate floor Thursday morning to announce his plan to work with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who had already told Politico Wednesday he was moving forward with a bill.

This Time, There Really is a Hispanic Voter Surge

-- by Nate Cohn, The New York Times:

The Four Groups That Will Decide the Presidential Race

-- by Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic:

For all the turmoil, turbulence, and sheer reality-show melodrama of the 2016 presidential campaign, the actual results appear more likely to deepen long-standing trends in the electorate than to shatter them.

2016: The Year Latinos Saved America?

-- from The Atlantic:

Latino Early Vote Surges From Florida to Nevada

-- by Lauren Fox, TalkingPointsMemo.com:

Latino voters are already showing up to vote this election and could cast ballots in larger numbers than Democrats saw in recent elections.

On a call with reporters Friday, Latino Decisions– a polling group focused on Hispanic voting patters– said that Latino turnout is on track to make history next week.

Early Voting by Latinos May Help Clinton in Several States

-- by John Wagner, Anne Gearan and Jose A. DelReal, The Washington Post:

Even as the electoral map shows new signs of volatility, a surge in early voting by Latinos is bolstering Hillary Clinton’s prospects in battleground states including Arizona, Florida and Nevada in the closing days of a tightened race against Donald Trump.

Clinton's 30 Point Lead in Florida Hispanic Poll is "Terrifying" to GOP Nationwide

-- by Marc Caputo, Politico.com:

Hillary Clinton is besting Donald Trump by an historic 30-point margin among Florida Hispanics, according to a new bipartisan poll that indicates Latinos could play an outsized role in delivering the White House to a Democrat for the third election in a row.

Arizona Leads Nation in Early Voting Surge by Latinos

-- by Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic:

Arizona has seen the largest increase of early voting by Latinos of any state.

As of Oct. 30, nine days before the Nov. 8 election, 13 percent of the early ballots cast in Arizona came from Latino voters, up from 11 percent at the same point prior to the 2012 presidential election and from 8 percent in 2008.

Mexican-Americans Are Reshaping the Electoral Map in Arizona - and the U.S.

-- by Farai Chideya, FiveThirtyEight.com:

In an office suite not far from the airport, Irma Maldonado, 18, expertly role-played what she’d be doing on the city’s streets in half an hour: knocking on the doors of residents and exhorting them to vote. But not everything was a game. Before a group of young canvassers headed out for the day, a team leader at the community organizing group LUCHA mentioned that someone had earlier pulled a gun on two members of the team.

Inside One Group's Fight to Turn Out Latino Voters and Stop Trump

-- by Lauren Fox, TPM:

When 19-year-old Miriam Cadenas knocks doors in North Las Vegas, she will occasionally let the Hispanic voters she's meeting in on a little secret.

“I’m doing this because I can’t vote," Cadenas tells them. "My voice is pretty silent right now, but my voice is protected through you so if I get you to go out to vote and vote for the right people then I might not lose my DACA and I could be less scared of my future and the future of my family.”

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