Democrats should build on Reid's Hispanic outreach | The Hill

December 13, 2016

In light of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) retirement after a long and successful Senate career, some may wonder how a rural Nevadan with a dry sense of humor turned Latinos in his state into a solid group of supporters.


But Reid's retirement worries me. Immigrants are losing their best ally in Congress — because of his conviction and the clout he consistently used on our behalf — as we enter the age of Trumpist xenophobia and the alt-right. Most Senate offices are thin on minority staffing and have disconnect with the Latino community.


Senate Democrats should build on Reid's legacy, whether it means talking to Latino media, having diverse staff or taking a stand even when polls say "don't do it."


Hispanic voters remember.


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