Latino Public Policy is a strategic research partnership between the Latino Center for Leadership Development and the SMU Tower Center. America is in the midst of a fundamental, Latino-driven, demographic shift. Latinos will represent more than 30 percent of the U.S. population by 2050 and will represent 70 percent of the workforce growth between 2010 and 2020. This partnership aims to increase the study of public policy issues that are faced by Latino communities within the U.S. and to generate thoughtful solutions.

Disclaimer: These papers are the preliminary findings of ongoing research, and hence they have not been edited or peer-reviewed. These papers represent the opinions of the authors only, not the opinions or positions of the SMU Tower Center, Latino Center for Leadership and Development, their Members, nor the official position of either centers’ personnel.


Submissions from 2018


Philanthropy and Immigration Enforcement: The Role of Grantmaking on Nonprofit Influence During Secure Communities, Apolonia Calderon


Protecting Children? Assessing the Treatment of Unaccompanied Minors in the U.S., Chiara Galli

Speaking in Tongues? Toward a Clearer Understanding of Language Effects on Latino Public Opinion, Efrén O. Pérez


Border Enforcement and Civil Rights Along the Texas-Mexico Border, Esther Reyes

Submissions from 2017


Do Latinos Still Support Immigrant Rights Activism? Examining Latino Attitudes a Decade After the 2006 Protest Wave, Chris Zepeda-Millán and Sophia Jordán Wallace