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Harsh U.S. election rhetoric spurs Latinos to take action

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 02:43

There was no mention of Donald Trump's ''Mexico-US wall'' policy in Monday night's presidential debate, but the rough immigration rhetoric on the campaign trail throughout this election season is motivating Latinos to get out the vote. Linda So reports.

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NATS: MONTAGE OF PROTESTS AND TRUMP TALKING ABOUT RAPISTS AND WALL The harsh campaign rhetoric... in the 2016 U.S. presidential election... motivating Latinos to take a stand. From California... to Pennsylvania... community activists are on a mission. They're pounding the pavement... and pushing politics... to make sure Latinos flex their voting muscles on November 8th. SOUNDBITE: TOM PEREZ, U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR, SAYING: "Let's together marshal the collective power of we to build an America that works for everyone." From prominent leaders to community volunteers, Donald Trump's inflammatory comments have invigorated Latinos to get out the vote. Rafael Collazo is leading the cause for the National Council of La Raza Action Fund. SOUNDBITE: RAFAEL COLLAZO, POLITICAL DIRECTOR FOR NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA ACTION FUND, SAYING: "The perception by Latino voters in north Philadelphia that we're talking to is Donald Trump is a racist and we can't have a racist in the White House." STANDUP: LINDA SO "Community activists say getting out in neighborhoods like this one in Philadephia is key this election cycle. Knocking on doors, meeting with voters face to face, making sure they turn out on election day." The group's goal is to visit 50,000 Latino households in north Philadelphia, targeting voters who haven't consistently shown up at the polls. NATS: CANVASSING The Latino vote in the U.S. has traditionally been hampered by low turn out rates. This year, a record 27 million Latinos are eligible to vote. Millennials making up almost half of that electorate. In an effort to engage young voters, La Raza has also developed an app called "Latinos Vote." With just a few swipes, users can complete a voter registration application that can be printed and mailed in. NATS: LATINO ACTIVISTS In crucial swing states like North Carolina, engaged Latinos are investing their time and energy to fuel turnout. SOUNDBITE: JULIO COLMENARES, ENTREPRENEUR, SAYING: "In this particular election this year whoever gets in office it's gonna be because of the Latino vote for sure." Julio Colmenares is one of a handful of local business leaders in Charlotte working to boost civic engagement among Latinos. SOUNDBITE: ASTRID CHIRINOS, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE OF THE LATIN AMERICAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, SAYING: "Right now we have about 300,000 Latinos in North Carolina that could move the needle incredibly and they don't even know it." NATS: CALIFORNIA PROTESTS Awakening that potential among Latino voters a central theme that's playing out across the country. Through protests and passionate pleas... motivated Latinos hoping to rewrite history with the power of their collective vote.

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Harsh U.S. election rhetoric spurs Latinos to take action

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 02:43