Latinos represented 6.9 percent of all voters, a record for a midterm election. But their participation in elections still lags behind the population as a whole.
Congressional leaders will make a push for the DREAM Act, a bill that would create a path towards legalization for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrant youth, before Republicans take over the House in 2011.
Last week’s elections resulted in victories for a large number of Republican candidates with immigrant roots.
A $300,000 effort led by the immigration reform movement aims to bring Hispanic voters to the polls in November to support Democratic candidates.
Hiram Monserrate, who was forced to resign from the NY State Senate after being convicted of attacking his girlfriend, is trying to stage a political comeback. Experts are not counting him out in his Primary race against Francisco Moya who has won numerous endorsements.
Republican candidates who favor greater restrictions on immigration won races in Arizona and Florida.