By 2015, it is estimated that 30 percent of the U.S. population will be of Hispanic descent. Monica Lozano, Chair of the Latinos and Society Program at the Aspen Institute, discusses the growth and importance of the Latino community in contributing to the future success of the United States.
Lozano reflected on a turning point in the last Presidential election, "It became really clear in the last Presidential election when, in fact, in the major battleground states that you would not have expected Latino voter participation, really, in some ways, swung the election one way or the other... Every year, 900,000 young Latinos turn 18. Almost 1 million become a voting-age population. So, when you thing about what that means to the Democratic process, not only do you need to target them, you need to speak to them, you need to engage them, give them a reason to believe, to want to participate. But, it will change the fabric of American Society."
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