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Eva Longoria: 'The Economy Is The Number One Issue Latinos Are Concerned About' (VIDEO)

Posted: 03/20/2012 4:50 pm Updated: 03/20/2012 4:51 pm

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When Eva Longoria stopped by CNN’s “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” this morning, O’Brien asked the “Desperate Housewives” star, who is a co-chair for Obama’s re-election campaign, if the President's record on immigration will be a problem heading into the November election.

In the interview, O’Brien quoted a recent TIME Magazine article in which Univision News Anchor Jorge Ramos criticized the President’s record on the contentious issue.

“He didn’t keep his word,” Ramos said in the article. “Besides that, the Obama Administration is responsible for the separation of thousands of families with children who are U.S. citizens.”

Ramos points out that, “Obama has deported more immigrations - over 1.2 million - than any other president in history.”

Longoria, who has already raised between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign, responded to those figures by saying that while immigration will come into play in the election, it isn’t the biggest issue for Latinos:

“The economy is the number one issue that Latinos are concerned about,” Longoria said.

The actress said there’s been a lot of “misinformation” on Obama’s immigration record and alluded to the positive changes Obama has made since he took office.

“And even though that is true there’ve been a lot of deportations, the President has refocused the resources of Department of Homeland Security to prioritize criminal deportations over Dreamers or families that need to stay united. And he’s proposed a lot of changes to keep families together,” Longoria said in the interview.

O’Brien then asked Longoria about Republican candidate Mitt Romney's claims made after his victory in Puerto Rico, asserting that conservative principles and Latino voters go together.

“Well, specifically with Mitt Romney, I think he’s probably on the wrong side of every issue that is important to Latinos," she said.

"To say some dangerous rhetoric of I would veto the Dream Act the minute I was in office, he's calling Arizona's anti-immigration laws a model for the country and campaigning with the author of that bill.”

Longoria added that Romney has “polarizing” viewpoints and do not represent what Hispanics find important.

“Every Hispanic family is pro-God, is small business, is pro-family, is pro-child going to college. And, the policies that Mitt Romney or any other GOP Republican, for that matter, are proposing goes against that,” she concluded.


Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs week morning from 7-9am ET on CNN.

WATCH: 'The Economy Is The Number One Issue Latinos Are Concerned About'

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  • She's A Power House

    Eva Longoria, side Tina Fey, was named one Hollywood's highest paid TV actresses by Forbes.com, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/09/29/eva-longoria-and-tina-fey_n_986750.html" target="_hplink">according to Huff Post. </a> She earned an estimated $13 million last year.

  • Proud Latina

    "My Hispanic heritage means everything to me, it's really who I am and where I come from and I'm very proud to be Mexican-American," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/13/eva-longoria-interview-for-hispanic-heritage-month_n_1008567.html" target="_hplink"> Eva Longoria told HuffPost Latino Voices in a video interview. </a> "I think Mexican-Americans, which is the culture I come from, have the most amazing work ethic, and I've learned my worked my work ethic from my mother and my father and seeing them work so hard. It's just amazing how hard these people work in the United Stated and all over the world and I think that's a characteristic that I'm really proud of." Here Longoria poses with Congresswoman Hilda Solis at the National Hispanic Foundation For The Arts Annual "Noche de Gala."

  • A Published Author. (And A Great Cook)

    Although her Gabrielle Solis character may not be exactly what you would consider a gourmet, (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMfNAa2W7SM" target="_hplink">the pine apple upside-down cake episode attest to this</a>), Longoria is said to be <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/09/eva-longoria-cookbook_n_846593.html" target="_hplink">a natural in the kitchen</a>. Earlier this year, she released "Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends," which include her favorite family recipes. Here, Longaria attends a signing for her book 'Eva's Kitchen' at Barnes and Noble in Los Angeles, California.

  • As Gabrielle Solis

    Eva Longoria is best known for her role as the extroverted, money-driven, (sometimes) devoted friend Gabrielle Solis in the ABC hit Desperate Housewives, in which she has appeared since the series launched in 2004. In this photo, Longoria is seen at the Disney ABC Television Host "Desperate Housewives" Final Season Kick-Off Party at Universal Studios in September 2011. Now that Desperate Housewives is coming to an end, Longoria is turning to new projects, including a number of edgy roles, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/27/eva-longorias-post-desperate-housewives_n_938868.html" target="_hplink">according to Huff Post.</a>

  • Activista

    Longoria is a producer of <a href="http://theharvestfilm.com/" target="_hplink">"The Harvest/La Cosecha: The Children Who Feed America,"</a>, a documentary about the more than 400,000 children in the United States who are torn away from their schools and homes to work as migrant workers with their families, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/17/eva-longoria-on-producing-new-documentary-the-harvest-la-cosecha_n_1016377.html" target="_hplink">according to HuffPost.</a> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/latino-celebrities-philanthropists-_n_1095927.html" target="_hplink">Longoria is a big philanthropist.</a> She started a project called, "Padres Contra El Cancer" ("Parents Against Cancer"), a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life of Latino children with cancer and their families. Longoria was awarded the "Latina Visionary and Community Empowerment Award" for her contributions at the 21st National Hispanic Women's Conference, the Hispanic Women's Corporation. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/eva-longoria-fires-off-at-newt-gingrich_n_1131989.html" target="_hplink">Longoria recently used Twitter to criticize GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's controversial proposal to employ children as janitors. </a>

  • Winning!

    Here, Longoria poses in the press room with "Favorite TV Show" Award for Desperate Housewives during the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards. In 2005, <a href="http://www.goldenglobes.org/blog/2005/12/63rd-golden-globe-awards-nominations/" target="_hplink">Longoria was nominated for a Golden Globe for "Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Show-Musical Or Comedy." </a> In 2007, she <a href="http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/awards/nominees/index.jsp?year=2007" target="_hplink">won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Female TV Star." </a>

  • Longoria Hosting

    Longoria was the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/16/alma-awards-2011-george-lopez_n_965961.html" target="_hplink">oficial host for the 2011 NCLR ALMA awards side George Lopez</a>. The awards were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.

  • She's A Fashionista

    Longoria is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/best-dressed-latino-celebrities_n_1132596.html?ref=latino-voices#s520902&title=11_EVA_LONGORIA" target="_hplink">no stranger to fashion.</a> You can always spot the actress on <a href="http://www.fabsugar.com/2011-Golden-Globes-Best-Dressed-13291161" target="_hplink">best dressed lists </a>. She's a fan of clothing designed by celebrity and BFF Victoria Beckham, like this beige dress which <a href="http://candybarbie.com/2011/11/15/style-awards-eva-longoria-in-victoria-beckham/" target="_hplink">she wore to the 2011 Hollywood Style Awards held at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood.</a>

  • Live Perfomer

    Longoria who hosted the 2011 MTV European Music Awards, also had a performance side Katy Perry <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/08/mtv-ema-rihanna-miley-cyrus-eva-longoria-parker_n_780199.html#176832" target="_hplink">where the singer ripped of Longoria's skirt </a>.

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