Congressional Candidates With Roots in Immigrant Communities--PICTURES

The growing diversity across the U.S. has captured much of the political conversation this election cycle, and one thing is clear: More and more naturalized citizens and the children of immigrants are becoming involved with the political system, and they have the potential to influence policy for years to come.

Eighty congressional hopefuls, representing 19 states and an array of ethnicities, have roots in immigrant communities. A report published by the New American Leaders Project explores the growing immigrant representation in Congress and the ever-increasing political clout that people of color now have.

We put together a slideshow of some of the candidates identified by the report.

Making her-story: Hirono eyes three Senate firsts. (National Journal)
Mia Love speaks to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. (National Journal)
U.S. Senate Candidate Ted Cruz speaks during the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth, Texas,  Saturday, June 9, 2012.  Cruz and David Dewhurst are locked in a fierce fight for the Republican nomination to fill Texas' open U.S. Senate seat.  (National Journal)
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., spoke to the crowd about the success drug courts have had in New Jersey. Maintaining federal aid to the program is a bipartisan win-win, Menendez said. "We're talking about how to make the government more efficient. How do we save money? Well we save money by Drug Courts." Menendez said. "We actually less recidivism. That means people don't find themselves in a revolving door through our court system." (National Journal)
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2011 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in Washington. Marco Rubio says he does not want to be vice president now and possibly never. But then he referred to himself as ... vice president. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File) (National Journal)
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y, center, accompanied by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., left, New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, right, and others, speaks about the New York Police Department's stop and frisk policy, Thursday, June 7, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari) (National Journal)
U.S. Senate candidate Joe Kyrillos speaks at a Tax Day Tea Summit held at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (National Journal)
Grace Meng (National Journal)