When Hillary Clinton’s campaign launched their DREAMer voter initiative titled “Mi Sueño, Tu Voto” (“My Dream, Your Vote”), the lynchpin of the program was to mobilize undocumented youth who have often served as the face of the immigration movement, and use them to persuade neighbors and friends to vote because the DREAMers cannot.
Now the campaign is looking to retrofit that idea for a crucial group of voters: Puerto Ricans in Orlando and along the I-4 corridor in the true swing state of Florida. The idea is to use residents on the island to connect with Floridians to impress upon them why they should vote, amid Puerto Rico’s struggles with Zika and a financial crisis.
Democratic strategist Jose Parra, who is from Florida, said the key to the campaign’s program to reach Puerto Ricans will be in the implementation because of every day realities that may take precedence over voting, presenting a challenge for the Clinton campaign trying to squeeze every drop of Latino votes out of the Sunshine state.
“You have all these things Puerto Ricans are dealing with — there’s a shortage of housing in central Florida because of the influx of people, rents are extremely high,” Parra said. “They’re living the immigrant experience, housing is expensive and it may not be close to work.”
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