Ridgeland, South Carolina (CNN) - After months in an immigration detention facility, Hector Adame was so surprised when guards said he could go that he didn't believe them.
"They had to shout (the news) at him so he would leave," his wife, Victorina, said this week.FULL STORY
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - It is already a historic political year for Latinos, who are expected to have a big impact on the election in key states.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made extraordinary efforts to court the Latino vote, which included their participation at a forum organized by a Spanish-speaking television network that allowed the two to speak directly to the fastest-growing voting bloc.FULL STORY
Lake Buena Vista, Florida (CNN) - President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney were among the high-profile political figures to speak at the annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials this week.
Here are five things we learned from their visits:
(CNN) - Newt Gingrich may have risen in the polls but Mitt Romney seems to be holding onto the Latino vote.
A survey released Wednesday by Latino Decisions commissioned by Spanish TV network Univision and ABC News shows the former Massachusetts governor with a 26 point lead over the former Speaker of the House in Florida.
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(CNN) - As the attention of the nation turns toward Florida ahead of its primary election, the Latino vote has emerged as an important factor.
For decades, Republican candidates could count on that vote to help them win elections in the Sunshine State, especially in the southern part of Florida where a strong Cuban-American community is a political force.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has received the endorsement of the nation's largest Hispanic Republican group.
Somos Republicans, which says it has a membership of 6,000 people, issued a statement Monday saying the former speaker of the House "knows the importance of the Latino community" and "has been working hard for many years to include American Hispanics in the overall conversation for a better America."FULL STORY
Las Vegas (CNN) - A tour outside the casino zone in Las Vegas reveals the Latino influence in Nevada.
The billboards and shops advertising in Spanish anything from Mexican, Venezuelan or Salvadoran food to a relaxing massage are just as prevalent as the iconic neon signs in Las Vegas.
Programming note: GOP presidential candidates next face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, October 18, in the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.FULL STORY
Miami (CNN) - For politicians seeking public office, a stop at the iconic Cafe Versailles is a must.
This Little Havana institution has become a symbol of the strength of the Hispanic vote. Here, Cuban exiles have turned their conservative stance against the Castro regime into a political force to be reckoned with in U.S. politics.
On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the "Tea Party Republican Debate," live from Tampa, Florida at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on CNNPolitics.com and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.People in Miami order coffee at Cafe Versailles, an institution that has come to represent the importance of the Hispanic vote.
(CNN) - As Republicans gear up for Monday's presidential debate in New Hampshire, some conservative Hispanics say they'll be watching closely - and they're hoping to see more than the current field of candidates has offered so far.
"There are no good strong candidates that I see, unless (former Florida Gov.) Jeb Bush enters the race," said DeeDee Garcia Blase, who founded the Somos Republicans conservative Hispanic organization. Now, she heads the Tequila Party, a national organization aimed at galvanizing Hispanic voters on both sides of the political spectrum.FULL STORY
Atlanta (CNN) - Despite protests outside his office and boycott threats, Georgia's governor on Friday signed into law one of the toughest anti-illegal immigration measures yet enacted by an individual state.
The measure, which Gov. Nathan Deal inked about a month after it cleared the Republican-dominated Georgia legislature, allows law enforcement officers to ask about immigration status when questioning suspects in certain criminal investigations.FULL STORY