Congress Forms Jewish-Latino Caucus to Work on Israel, Immigration

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WASHINGTON, D.C.--Last week, 16 Washington lawmakers formed the first Jewish-Latino Caucus in Congress. Jewish lawmakers hope to gain Latino lawmakers’ support on issues related to Israel, while the Latino contingent expects their Jewish colleagues’ backing on immigration reform.

According to Al Día News and the Jewish Daily Forward, the caucus was the initiative of the American Jewish Committee, which has been actively seeking out alliances with the Latino community.

Congress has 36 Jewish lawmakers, a significant number for a population that is only 2% Jewish. In contrast, Latinos make up 16% of the U.S. population, but there are only 30 Latinos in Congress.