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Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Forgot Latinos Existed At New York Debate

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Where’s the love?!

Last Thursday, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had their latest debate, this time in Brooklyn, N.Y., ahead of that state’s Tuesday primary. Organized by CNN, the debate covered a slew of topics, including gun control, foreign policy, bank regulation and reproductive rights. Noticeably absent from the discussion? The Latino community and topics that concern it.

In the two hours that Clinton and Sanders spent attacking each other, the word “Latino” was uttered exactly once.

“[I’m] putting together a very broad-based, inclusive coalition from the South to the North, from the East to the West, with African-Americans, Latinos, women, union households, working people and I am very proud of the campaign we are running,” Secretary Clinton in her closing remarks.

The failure to acknowledge Latinos beyond being lumped into Clinton’s coalition is just bonkers given that New York has nearly 3.5 million Latinos, making it home to the fourth-largest Latino population in the country.

Even more troubling is that immigration was absent from the conversation. While the issue isn’t polled as most important to Latinos — depending on which poll you cite, it’s either second or fourth on the list — it’s still a key concern, especially now that the future of President Obama’s executive action on deportation relief is uncertain. On Monday, the United States Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on United States v. Texas, which could determine the fate of 5.4 million undocumented individuals. “DACA,” “DAPA,” or even “immigration” were never mentioned. If struck down, DAPA and the DACA expansion could be the end of the line for any meaningful progress on immigration reform as long as Republicans hold on to the House of Representatives and the Senate.

And it’s not like Clinton or Sanders haven’t talked about immigration while stumping in New York. In the last two weeks, Clinton released a Spanish ad in New York on the topic, and even stated that she would create an office for immigration policy if elected. The Sanders camp, meanwhile, had an ad featuring Rosario Dawson where privately owned immigration detention centers were discussed.

New York state, by the way, has an estimated undocumented population of anywhere from 525,000 to 725,000 undocumented individuals.

Nor was there any mention of Puerto Rico being on the verge of defaulting, which is probably a concern to the more than 1 million people of Puerto Rican origin living in New York. That’s the highest concentration of boricuas living outside the island (3.5 million).

To their credit, Clinton and Sanders did talk about systemic racism and incarceration rates. Unfortunately, they only spoke about how it affected non-Latino African-Americans, which ignores the fact that we are still discriminated against and are overrepresented in prison populations.

From a strategic point of view, ignoring the Latino community doesn’t make sense. Sanders is trailing in New York in most polls, but he’s competitive with Latinos. On the flip side, Clinton has consistently won the Latino votes in states that have already held their caucuses and primaries, but Sanders has been giving her a run for her money with the Latino electorate.

So why the hell would you ignore us?

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18 Things That Happen When You Have a Huge Family

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18 Things That Happen When You Have a Huge Family

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If even your “small” brindis parties have upwards of 30 people, you probably have a huge family. Below are a few things people who’ve lost track of how many primos they have know to be true:

1. Introducing bae to the family is a huge commitment.

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Not just because there are more people judging, but because you need at least two* hours to go through all the intros and explain everyone’s relationship to one another.

*Estimate does not include time needed to study 785,329 notecards with each family member’s name.

2. And you’re still not 100% sure how some people in your extended family are related.

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The ongoing dilemma: As a kid, no one told you how your Tia Titi can be your aunt if she’s an only child. And now as an adult, it’s too late to ask. (Better call everyone tio or tia, just in case.)

3. You secretly love the shock value of telling someone how many cousins you have.

And yes, you’re close with all of them.

4. You have more babysitting experience than most of your friends.

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Adults who don’t know how to change diapers is a foreign concept; you were a pro by the third grade.

5. You always know what kids/teens are into these days.

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Because you have at least three cousins per age group at all times.

6. You know that calling an elder is a more efficient way to spread news than social media.

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Facebook’s algorithm ain’t got nothing on abuelita’s 76-member-deep phone chain.

7. Small weddings are nonexistent.

“¿Niña, cuando te vas a casar?”

“As soon as I can afford to invite the 173 people on your list, abuela.”

8. You can’t go anywhere without running into family.

At this point, you don’t even have to tell your friends why you just stopped to hug someone in the middle of the street. “Let me guess… another cousin?”

9. That is, of course, assuming you weren’t already out with your cousins.

Because pachanga skills run deep in your blood.

10. Group pictures with all the cousins are for special occasions only.

And still probably require Photoshop to fit everyone in.

11. Your list for quince courts and wedding parties might be in the double digits.

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12. You regularly see your second, third and fourth cousins.

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And all your life heard your friends say, “I’ve never even met mine!” (And that’s still weird to you).

13. You share birthday parties.

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Corporate office-style, month-by-month. Hey, it’s just more efficient.

14. Even religious celebrations are never boring!

There were probably more kids and relajo at your first communion party than in all of your second-grade class.

15. In fact, just about every occasion turns into a party.

Long and loud social nights out don’t faze you. Growing up, they were just called funerals.

16. Your family never leaves you alone.

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Want a nap alone at tia’s? Good luck with that. #NoHayCamaPaTantaGente

17. Especially when you need them the most.

Big families during a time of sorrow are like sponges; you have each other to soak up the heartache with you.

18. You know that your big, giant family is basically the greatest blessing in your life.

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And the reason why you yourself want to have as many children as possible. (Just keep in mind that abuela’s baby shower invite list isn’t getting any shorter.)

READ: The Most Awkward Things About Being The Only Girl In Your Family

What’s something you go through with your over-sized familia? Mitú wants to know. Leave a comment below!