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June 16, 2013

Hollywood helps spark awareness of political power in Latino community

Immigration reform at forefront

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But Dawson said the Latino community is concerned with things more diverse than just focusing on immigration. She believes it’s not just up to the president and politicians to tackle these issues. The new generation has to stay involved in the struggle and fight for what they believe.

“They can take on big hurdles, including something as big as health care, which has taken so many presidents to try and get to,” Dawson said. “I think we can tackle immigration reform. We can have gun control reform. We can start really looking at the environment. I think we can still really look at reproductive health, mental health issues. So many things in a bigger and broader way that’s going to be much more helpful to our communities. That’s what I’m excited about.”

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, of Texas, is one of those who has played a role in getting immigration moved to the forefront of political discussion. While he’s not part of the Hollywood elite, he and his twin brother, Julián Castro, became famous during the last election cycle.

Like Dawson, Joaquín Castro believes there are many issues the country is now suited to address.

“In terms of what I’d like to see, particularly as a member of Congress, I want to make sure we do comprehensive immigration reform, we deal with the nation’s fiscal situation and we do something about gun safety,” Castro said. “But I think there are other issues in the long term during the president’s second term we should address. They include poverty, human rights. These things we really need to attend to as a country.”

But Dawson believes the re-election of Obama proved it’s a different time in American politics and that the scale of influence is starting to tilt back to a new generation and the people.

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