As Republicans continue discussing how they must change their view on immigration in order to make inroads with Latino voters, one of the country’s most conservative Hispanic groups is ready to take action.
The Hispanic Leadership Network (HLN) is gearing up to launch a campaign aimed at growing support for immigration reform among Republicans.
The advocacy campaign will kick off this weekend with a television commercial dubbed “Be Part of the Solution.” It will feature former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, who is co-chair of HLN and served as adviser to former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Latino outreach.
Carlos Gutierrez: ‘We’re losing that American dream’
Cuba-born Gutierrez, who is the former CEO of the Kellogg Company, begins the commercial speaking about how he didn’t speak any English when he and his family left Cuba to come to the United States in 1960.
“America is the only place where a little boy who couldn’t speak English can grow up to be a CEO and U.S. Secretary of Commerce,” Gutierrez says in the ad. “Sadly, we’re losing that American dream to a broken system.”
“Washington must pass immigration reform that grows the economy and respects the rule of law, so others like me can help renew the American dream,” he adds.
HLN Executive Director Jennifer S. Korn said in a statement Thursday that Gutierrez is “a prime example of what can happen when the immigration system works.”
“Secretary Gutierrez came to America looking for freedom, liberty and opportunity,” she said. “He found it. We need bipartisan support to ensure we fix our broken relic of an immigration system so that others can find economic success here as well.”
HLN launched in 2011 and is part of the center-right American Action Network. The main objective of the HLN is “to engage the Hispanic community on center-right issues that will restore opportunity and prosperity in America,” according to the group’s website.