Actor Wilmer Valderrama said that politicians are going to feel the power of the Latino community come November elections.

"They're going to see something very interesting, and I believe they will learn very quickly who we are as a community," Valderrama said in an interview with EFE.

Valderrama spent part of his childhood in Venezuela with his Venezuelan father and Colombian mother. At the age of 13, he moved to Los Angeles. Because of his Latino heritage, Valderrama said he is dissatisfied with President Barack Obama's decision to delay executive action on immigration until after this year's elections.

"That hurts me a lot because Republicans and Democrats have spent eight years campaigning to Latinos, telling us that, 'If you vote for us, we will fix the immigration problem,' but when they get the vote and the time comes to act, they say, 'Let's wait,'" he said.

Now, the actor is encouraging Latinos to vote by working with Voto Latino, a non-partisan organization "dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices to develop leaders by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change," according to its official website.

"Young Latinos are learning that it is a privilege to be eligible to vote and they should remember the sacrifices of those who came before them to secure those rights for all Americans," Valderrama said, according to NBC News.

Valderrama said, after the Latino community votes, he believes politicians will understand how important the interests of the demographic are.

"The solution is for people to get a wake-up call tomorrow when our Latino community unites to show who we are," he told EFE. "We're the ones who decides who wins and who doesn't win."

Currently, Valderrama stars in El Rey Network's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" as Carlos Felipe.

"In this case we're the heroes, the leading characters, and that's important because I believe it will largely redefine who we are," he said.


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