Monday, September 28, 2020

DREAMer to become Latino Outreach Director for Hillary Clinton campaign

Lorella Praeli

The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, in a move sure to emphasize its priorities, tapped Lorella Praeli as Latino Outreach Director. An outspoken advocate for immigration reform and a DREAMer herself, Praeli joins a campaign that has actively sought to clarify any uncertainties as to its stance on immigration reform and courting the Latino electorate, a task that is seemingly eluding Mrs. Clinton’s Republican counterparts.

“We are thrilled to have Lorella Praeli, a DREAMer, join our team because of her courage and perspective in the fight for Latino families across the country,” said Amanda Renteria, National Political Director for Hillary for America. “Bringing Lorella into our campaign is the next step in making sure families aren’t living in fear of deportation, all students have the chance to go to college, and that any comprehensive immigration reform ensures full and equal citizenship.”

Previously, Ms. Praeli had served as Advocacy and Policy Director for United We Dream, among the nation’s largest immigrant youth organizations, and has been active in engaging the federal government to move on comprehensive immigration legislation. Praeli, born in Peru, obtained a green card after 13 years of undocumented status and graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University.

“Not a single Republican candidate, announced or potential, is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one,” Mrs. Clinton said at a campaign stop in Nevada earlier this month. “When they talk about ‘legal status,’ that is code for second-class status.”

As of now, the Clinton camp has named a handful of Latinos to prominent campaign roles, with Praeli joining Renteria, Jose Villareal (campaign treasurer) on the national scale and, in battleground Nevada, Emmy Ruiz as state director and Jorge Neri as organizing director. The signal – and recognition – rings loud and clear.

NBC News