Latino Public Policy Center

The Latino Public Policy Center at Morrison Institute was launched in 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 Public Policy Center at Morrison Institute 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 Public Policy Center operates under the auspices of Morrison Institute for Public Policy, a trusted brand since 1982.



Shifting definitions of citizenship and the making of Arizona (Guernica)

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

CPLC forum highlights Latino voters (Vanguardia Arizona)

Voting trends emerge through gender and racial lines (U.S. News & World Report)

Garcia honored with Daniel R. Ortega Jr. Public Service Award

Civil discourse missing in politics (Cronkite News)



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

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

Discouraged/optimistic about AZ Latino education (Joseph Garcia)

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

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

AZ elections to be focus of civil rights commission committee hearing (Joseph Garcia)



Arizona's Emerging Latino Vote

Dropped? Latino Education and Arizona's Economic Future

Citizenship or Something Less? The Economic Implications for Arizona

Defining Border Security in Immigration Reform

English Language Learners (ELL): What's at Stake for Arizona?


Why must Arizona better understand 'Latino issues'?

Because "Latino issues" are "Arizona issues," inseparable in determining our state's future. Arizona is expected to become a minority-majority state perhaps by 2030 – some 15 years before the rest of the nation – 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.

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 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.