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Obama(jam) Is Coming Back to L.A. This Month For a Fundraiser Aimed at Bolstering Latino Support

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He's back — and so soon! President Barack Obama is returning to Los Angeles this month for another round of fundraising, according to the Hollywood Reporter. This next round of fundraiser is going to be aimed at raising money from Latino supporters, like Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria and radio show host Piolin.The co-hosts will be news anchor Giselle Fernandez and attorney Manny Sanchez, and the invites for the event on Monday, October 24 should be going out soon.

But all you care about is traffic, right? There's no information yet on where the fundraiser will be held, so stay tuned. It's also not clear if Obama will stick around to shake the hands of anyone who isn't writing him a check (which some have suggested might ease our bitterness over the Obamajamming).

Tina Daunt explains what invitees to this fundraiser might be looking for:


Like Latinos generally, the invitees to this month's L.A. gala will be looking for reassurance that the President intends to more aggressively pursue comprehensive immigration and to reduce a deportation rate that exceeds that of George W. Bush's administration and which many analysts allege splinters working Latino families. During his last campaign, Obama promised to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill during his first year in office, a commitment he and his aides say was thwarted by implacable Republican opposition. Perhaps the best thing the President has going with Latinos this time around is the current field of candidates in pursuit of the Republicans' nomination. They seem determined to make any deviation from a hardline anti-immigrant posture a capital offense, which is likely to push Latinos further into Obama's embrace.