During a visit to Nevada next week, President Obama will discuss immigration reform.
Making up 10% of the electorate for the first time in history, Latinos voted overwhelmingly for Obama last November. He garnered 75% of the Latino vote (compared to 57% in 2008), despite the fact that his administration has record deportation numbers.
Obama claims that immigration reform is his top priority:
The President discussed the need to “make things fairer for and grow the middle class by fixing our broken immigration system so everyone plays by the same rules,” the statement said.
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said they and the president shared a common vision to create a path to citizenship in a statement released after the meeting.
“We have made it crystal clear that any bill that does not include a pathway to earned citizenship will not have our support,” said Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D- TX) , Chairman of the CHC said in a statement. “In the next few weeks and months, the CHC will remain committed to CIR and dedicate all our efforts to ensure legislation will make it to President Obama’s desk.”
Four out of five Americans support a path to citizenship, according to a poll conducted by bipartisan researchers and politicians on both sides of the aisle are taking heed of the country’s preferences. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla), a Republican favorite for the 2016 presidential election, recently outlined a plan for immigration reform that also included a path to citizenship.
Read more at NBC Latino.
We can only hope that immigration reform is in fact just that–reform–and that the Obama Administration strongly considers Latino youth while composing and enacting the policy.
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