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DeMoya on Latino Voters for OpEd Project

Public Relations and Advertising Professor Maria DeMoya has published an op-ed piece, “Latino Voters Still Waiting to See the Love”, with the political website The Hill.

The op ed discusses the position of the Latino voting block in America, and how this year's presidential primaries reflect — or fail to embrace — it.

"If there’s a vote that can tip the scales between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Hillary Clinton; or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Donald Trump -- it’s the Latino vote.," writes DeMoya.

"An estimated 27 million Latino millennials are eligible to vote in this year’s presidential election. However, the message that they’ve been receiving from candidates has ranged from framing Latinos and immigrants as deserving of the rights and privileges of citizenship; to fearmongering around those perceived to threaten the “American way of life.”

"In political narratives, Latinos –whether U.S. naturals or immigrants— are portrayed as saints or sinners, with very little in between..."

DeMoya wrote the article in support of DePaul's chapter of The OpEd Project.