Updated 03:27 AM EDT, Wed, Oct 20, 2021

Hillary Clinton to Speak at U.S. Hispanic Chamber Event Next Week

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Hillary Clinton will address the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Texas next week.

The Q&A event will allow the Democratic presidential frontrunner to promote her stance on the country's immigration system, which proved to be the forefront and the central debate of this year's campaign trail, The Hill wrote. Clinton's event will be hosted by Hispanic Chamber President Javier Palomarez at Sunset Station in San Antonio on Thursday, Oct. 15.

"We're delighted to have Secretary Hillary Clinton join us in San Antonio, Texas for our Presidential Candidate Q&A session - the fifth in an ongoing series," USHCC Communications Director Ammar Campa-Najjar said in a statement issued to Politico. "Since the first day of her announcement, Secretary Clinton's team has continued actively engaging our business owners throughout the country by listening to their stories, and sharing her vision for broad-based prosperity where every American has the chance to get ahead and stay ahead."

Palomarez told Politico that they're "very happy" about Clinton addressing the Hispanic Chamber, but he noted that this isn't the first time that the former secretary of state reached out to the Latino community.

"We've been working with Hillary's team for quite some time now. She's been engaging our local chambers as she travels the country and doing round tables and so forth," he said, as quoted by the news outlet.

Adds Palomarez, he is hoping for a "very substantive conversation, she brings with her a track record that goes far beyond the rhetoric and I think she's got the experience that's necessary to take this country ultimately to where it needs to go."

According to The Hill, Clinton has made immigration reform as her platform's top priority. She's aiming for "comprehensive changes that include a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants," while also promising to widen President Barack Obama's controversial executive and unilateral actions liberating many of those immigrants from the threat of deportation.

Campa-Najjar said that the Hispanic Chamber will not endorse any presidential candidate until after hearing from their members, Politico noted. He added that Clinton's team is the first campaign to have asked access to the non-partisan group's members and for more information about connecting to the Hispanic community.

Other presidential hopefuls who participated in a Hispanic Chamber event so far are Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Sen. Ted Cruz, The Hill listed. GOP frontrunner Donald Trump was scheduled for an event with the group last week in Washington, but he backed out and attended a campaign rally in Nevada instead.

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