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‘Qué Pasa’ in Immigration: Radio Ad Campaign; Has Whitman “Lost” Latinos?; Obama Talks Up CIR

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Various outlets report on a $300,000 radio ad campaign launched yesterday to mobilize the Latino vote heading toward the November 2nd elections. In California, Meg Whitman takes a stand against immigration reform in her first debate in the governor’s race, and in New Mexico President Obama makes the case once again for comprehensive immigration reform.

Radio ad campaign. The campaign, which will air ads in nine cities in six states, is sponsored by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign, and America’s Voice.

The 60-second ads highlight Republican obstruction on comprehensive immigration reform, as well as their vote to block the DREAM Act last week. They will air in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Miami and Orlando, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Houston and McAllen, Texas. All of these cities are in regions where Latino voters will play a decisive role in close races in November’s midterm elections, and in the general election in 2012.

EFE, Notimex, Univisión.com, AOL Latino, La Raza (Chicago), La Voz de Arizona (Phoenix), Al Día (Philadelphia) and El Diario La Estrella (Fort Worth/Dallas) have more on the story.

Whitman vs. Brown in California. La Opinión covers the first of four debates being held in the California gubernatorial race between Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown. La Opinión writes:

“Brown said that he supports immigration reform for the almost 2 million undocumented immigrants in California, but proposed that those who have committed crimes or been detained should be deported. Meanwhile, Republican candidate Meg Whitman rejected any path to legalization for undocumented immigrants, but said she was in favor of a temporary guest worker program.” 

The article continues:

“Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, a Democrat and Brown supporter, commented that Whitman lost the Latino vote yesterday by pronouncing herself an opponent of immigration reform.”