By Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is traveling to the Democratic debate next week at the behest of a major Latino political group.

Mark-Viverito is one of the most prominent Puerto Rican politicians in the nation. She’ll appear Tuesday in Las Vegas for the Latino Victory Fund.

She told The Associated Press on Friday that the choice for Latinos is going to be “crystal clear” in 2016 due to the Republican party’s hardline stance on immigration.

The speaker is a growing national voice on immigration issues. She’ll act as a surrogate for the political group, which aims to increase Latino representation in all levels of government.

Mark-Viverito has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president and is expected to campaign on the ex-secretary of state’s behalf.

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