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Nevada Caucus 2016: Democratic Candidates, Supporters Make Their Final Campaign Push

First Posted: Feb 18, 2016 10:47 PM EST
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The campaigns and supports of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are preparing to engage Latinos and immigrants supporters as Nevada caucus weekend approaches.

DREAMers Supporting Sanders

Immigrant rights youths announced a grassroots effort to mobilize Latino and Latino millennials to support Sanders. The effort, known "LatinX Millennials for Bernie," engages young Latino volunteers to increase support for the Vermont senator ahead of this Saturday's Nevada caucus. In a statement about the new committee, the Sanders supporters believe he differs from Clinton in that "his platforms are not driven by corporate insiders or the results off the latest polls but rather they are inspired by real people, real families."

"Most public servants today no longer serve the needs of the people, rather cater to corporate interests. This compassionate grassroots movement is about putting the needs of everyday people first, and through these advancements, better our community, our country, and the world," said committee member and DREAMer José Manuel Santoyo.

The support comes from the DRM Action Coalition, an organization comprised of Latino youths championing for immigration rights and reform, which was previously led by DREAMers Cesar Vargas and Erika Andiola, both now working for the Sanders campaign.

Clinton's New Immigration Ad

As Latino millennials and DREAMers canvass in Nevada, a state with a growing Latino population, the Clinton campaign released a new television advertisement titled "Brave," which has aired in the state. The footage reportedly took place during a campaign stop in Las Vegas last weekend.

The one-minute advertisement includes an account from a 10-year-old child, and she fears that current U.S. laws will deport her immigrant parents. She told Clinton that her parents received a letter of deportation, and as she starts tearing up, Clinton summons her. The former secretary of state tells the girl that she's "going to do everything I can so you don't have to be scared and you don't have to worry about what happens to your mom or your dad or somebody else in your family.

Clinton says the 10 year old is brave but must also be brave on behalf of her parents.

The latest campaign efforts for both Democratic presidential campaigns come as Clinton and Sanders will compete in their third primary contest in Nevada. As Latin Post reported, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Education Fund analyzed that more than 194,000 Nevada Latino voters are expected to cast their vote during this presidential election year.

So far, Clinton won the Iowa caucus, while Sanders won the New Hampshire primary.

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