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 Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (R-Fla.), New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Texas Senate candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall 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 McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day 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.