Academic journal article Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy

Chair's Remarks

Academic journal article Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy

Chair's Remarks

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The Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy has now been in existence for more than twenty-five years. It was the brainchild of first editor and current member of the Executive Advisory Board, Henry Ramos. The journal has always addressed issues that have been front and center in our Hispanic community, including voting rights, education and bilingual education, health, employment and jobs, ethnicity and race, citizenship and immigration, and United States-Mexico border relations.

Current census data indicates that four out of ten Texas residents are Hispanic and that Texas will receive four additional electoral votes after reapportionment, at least two of which will be in Hispanic majority congressional districts. Additionally, as Pew Hispanic Center data indicates, "Hispanic voters are nearly three times more prevalent in states that gained congressional seats and electoral college votes in the 2010 reapportionment." At the national level, we saw a Cuban American elected to the U.S. Senate, as well as several non-Cuban Republicans elected to Congress and to the governorship in New Mexico. As our numbers and influence continue to grow, the Hispanic community can no longer be ignored. Increasingly, the policy issues of Hispanic Americans are the policy issues of the United States.

Recently, we at the journal have been reconstituting our Executive Advisory Board, adding Alfredo Estrada, editor of Latino magazine, as well as Robert S. …

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