-- by R.G. Ratcliffe, Texas Monthly:
Throughout this election, I’ve been skeptical that Hillary Clinton could carry Texas, even as polls suggested the gap in support between her and Donald Trump is closing. But there is a wild card that might make it possible: There are 532,000 more registered Hispanic surname voters this year than in 2012.
-- by Jacques Billeaud, The Associated Press:
The longtime sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix has been charged with criminal contempt-of-court for ignoring a judge's order in a racial-profiling case, leaving the 84-year-old lawman in a tough spot two weeks before Election Day as he seeks a seventh term.
The U.S. Department of Justice promised two weeks ago that it would prosecute Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but the misdemeanor count wasn't officially filed against him until Tuesday, when U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton signed it.
-- by Adrian Carrasquillo, Buzzfeed News:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is touting a substantial 99% increase in Latino voting in Florida compared to this point in 2012, with 133,000 Hispanics already casting their ballot in the state, as part of its major focus on getting its base to vote early in key swing states.
-- by Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News Latino:
The estimated number of registered Latino voters for this presidential election is a record 16.2 million, according to a national bipartisan group that analyzes the Latino electorate.
-- by David Bacon, The American Prospect:
If the winds of political change are starting to blow in Nebraska, the center of the storm is a third-floor office on 24th Street in South Omaha. There, huge maps of eight targeted precincts in Ward 4 line the walls of the Heartland Workers Center (HWC), covered in red dots for all the people organizers have spoken with over the past six months. Little stickers highlight the key issues in each neighborhood.
-- by Tim Mak, The Daily Beast:
Irma Aguirre sat defiantly in her elegant, upscale Mexican restaurant—the oldest one in Sin City—and began defending the man many Latinos believe is indefensible.
-- by Griselda Nevarez, NBC News:
Using Donald Trump's words, Latino leaders say "the wall" that will keep the Republican presidential nominee from getting elected, especially in swing states like Nevada and Arizona, will be the Latino vote.
"We are the wall between Trump's hate, disrespect, insults - and we are the wall that will keep Trump out of the White House," Rocio Saenz, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU,) in a call with reporters Friday.
-- by Jennifer Rubin, for The Washington Post:
Donald Trump spent much of the GOP presidential primary hyping his "deportation force" and promising to deport millions of people. In the general election he publicly agonized: Did he really want to forcibly round up 11 million people? In his Arizona speech he sure sounded like he wanted to kick out everyone else, but he and his spinners continued to fudge. Their "priority" would be kicking out criminals. But must everyone else go too?
-- from Fox News Latino:
Donald Trump's utterance of "bad hombres" set Twitter on fire during the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday night.
The Republican nominee and Democrat Hillary Clinton tackled immigration early on and when Trump, who has pushed for a hardline stance on immigration, laid out his strategy he said he would get the "bad hombres" out of the United States.
“We have some bad hombres here and we need to get them out,” he said.
-- by John Paul Brammer, The Guardian (UK):
Every election cycle, Latinos don’t quite match their voting potential. But every cycle, it should also be said, we come closer.
It’s been a long process to merge the gap between potential and reality because to be Latino in America is paradoxical. We are frequently told how powerful we are, how desperately politicians need us if they are to win, and how quickly our ranks are growing.
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