Latino Public Policy Center

The Latino Center was launched in October 2012 in recognition of Arizona's rapidly changing demographics.

The state's growing Latino population increasingly will have unprecedented impact on Arizona's workforce, education, leadership, and ability to compete economically.

The Latino Center uses various venues, formats and publications to improve Arizona's understanding of Latino-related opportunities and challenges, and how resulting public policy decisions will affect Arizona's future for all.

Using credible data, analysis and projections, the nonpartisan Latino Center operates under the auspices of Morrison Institute for Public Policy, a trusted brand since 1982.


NEWS: Border wall is out of synch with Southwest's changing politics (The New York Times)

BLOG: 'Latino vote' is larger than simply votes cast by Latinos (Joseph Garcia)

NEWS: CPLC forum highlights Latino voters (Vanguardia Arizona)

REPORT: Arizona's Emerging Latino Vote

REPORT: Dropped? Latino Education and Arizona's Economic Future

BLOG: Discouraged/optimistic about AZ Latino education (Joseph Garcia)

BLOG: Separation of families, church and state, laws and policy (Joseph Garcia)

REPORT: Citizenship or Something Less? The Economic Implications for Arizona

BLOG: A shocking lack of defibrillators in South Phoenix (David Schlinkert)

REPORT: Defining Border Security in Immigration Reform

BLOG: End of road for AZ quest to deny driver's licenses to DREAMers (Joseph Garcia)

BLOG: Arizona elections to be focus of civil rights commission committee hearing (Joseph Garcia)

Why must Arizona better understand 'Latino issues'?

Because they are 'Arizona issues,' determining our state's future Arizona is expected to become a majority-minority state perhaps within the next two decades, with its younger citizens largely Latino. Eighty-two percent of the state's Latino youth under age 20 are naturalized citizens or were born in the United States. For Arizona Latino children under 5 years old, 97 percent are U.S. citizens. Latinos are Arizonans. And they represent our state's future. With our state's workforce, electorate, economic drivers and leadership largely affected and dependent on informed public policy as it relates to Arizona Latino citizens, Morrison Institute established a new center to house a growing collection of related articles, analysis, videos, blogs and polls, as well as further the dialogue through presentations and forums.

Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center was launched in October 2012 with a mission to provide a better understanding of how Latino public policy issues affect all of Arizona and our shared future opportunity. Joseph Garcia, Latino Center director.