Univision, the largest Spanish language television network in the United States, has interviewed candidates in past elections, but this will be the first time that the network has had any candidate participate in such a long, extended discussion. Univiison is advertising the forum as the first to “directly address topics of importance to the Hispanic community.”

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The Presidential Debate Commission denied Univision its bid to host one of the presidential or vice presidential debates.

The Hispanic vote has become increasingly important in recent elections; Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic in the United States, and both parties have made overtures to try to win them over.

Next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., will feature a number of popular Hispanics conservatives in prominent roles, including Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.), New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Texas Senate candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE. The Romney campaign has also stated that its goal is to attain 38 percent of the Hispanic vote, a full 7 points better than Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-Ariz.) won in 2008. However, the party has faced criticism for bills passed by GOP-controlled state legislatures that aim to crack down on illegal immigration; opponents of the measures allege that the laws will lead to discrimination against Hispanics.

The Democrats announced Wednesday that they will begin a new Hispanic outreach campaign titled “Mi Congreso Mi Voto,” which means “My Congress, My Vote” in English. Obama’s executive order granting work permits to Hispanics who were brought into the country illegally by their parents also went into effect recently, but critics charge that the law move is unconstitutional. Furthermore, 10 Immigration Customs and Enforcement officers sued Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Thursday, asking courts to overturn the administration’s order on the grounds that it directs them to violate federal law.