At least that seems to be the advice the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took in to account when naming high-profile DREAMer activist Lorella Praeli as her Latino Outreach Director. What better way to reach Latino voters than hiring the advocacy and policy director from United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.
DREAMers are definitely looking to Praeli to make sure Clinton keeps her promises to the Latino community. It wasn't too long ago that Clinton was accused of dodging questions from DREAMers about immigration reform – a current key point in her platform – during her campaign speeches in 2015; coincidentally drawing criticism from United We Dream.
Praeli was born in Peru and came to the United States when she was 10 years old without documentation but she received her green card in 2012. Here are some reasons why Praeli’s contributions to the Clinton campaign are likely to exceed the expectations of any presidential candidate looking to capture the interest of Latino voters.
She’s a DREAMer
She’s a Latina
She’s a millenial
Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos said it best during his speech at the TIME 100 when he said that Latinos and millenials will decide the next presidential election because every month more than 65,000 Latinos turn 18, according to a Pew. Unlike other millenials, many young Hispanic voters are the first eligible voters in their families so if they get motivated to go out and vote, it’s likely they will bring their families to do so as well. Praeli would surely help with that initiative.