Top Obama Officials Meet With South Florida Latinos

MIAMI (AP) — Senior Obama administration officials are meeting with South Florida Hispanic leaders in an effort to boost outreach to the nation’s Latino community.

Friday’s conference at Miami Dade College is part of a series of summits held across the country since July. The White House is also using the event to promote a pilot program to expand employment opportunities for Hispanics and companies that hire them.

Among the officials attending the invitation-only event are the president’s top aide on Western Hemisphere Affairs Dan Restrepo and Esther Olavarria, a senior counsel at the Department of Homeland Security.

The meeting comes as the president seeks to woo Latino voters ahead of the 2012 election. They face the nation’s highest unemployment rates. And many are frustrated with the lack of progress on immigration reform.

Source: Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press