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On this week’s episode of our podcast “A is for America”, we spoke with Adriana Ruggiero, our California state director, who held an event in Los Angeles this week where advocates and experts spoke about the Latino vote in California during this year’s midterm elections. We played a segment of that event from Latino Decisions principal Matt Barreto (segment begins at 15:30); the full event livestream as well as the Powerpoint presentation is below along with our podcast audio.

This week, Donald Trump horrifyingly decided to tear gas women and children seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border. Though the world is condemning him for the action, Trump has for some reason decided that the issue is a winner for him (it’s not). For the record, there are so many better alternatives to how Trump could be treating asylum seekers. Instead, he seems to want to hold the budget hostage until he gets his border wall. Meanwhile, one of the nation’s last elections to be called was declared for Democrat TJ Cox in California’s 21st district, which means that Golden State Democrats have swept all seven of the seats targeted for flipping during this month’s midterms. Fresh from this loss, why is Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) now minority leader?

Finally, we noted the House retirement of Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a longtime champion of immigrants and immigration reform, who is stepping down after more than 25 years in his seat. Rep. Gutierrez, you’ll be missed. View his retirement address here or here.

“A is for America” is a podcast which tells the stories from the front lines of a changing America. Each week, we’ll be talking to advocates and experts working in immigration reform, immigrants’ rights, immigration politics, and the forefront of what it means to be a new American. Tune in next week for more.

Watch the livestream from Adriana’s Los Angeles event below:

And view Matt Barreto’s Powerpoint presentation on the Latino vote in California this year here.