Obama Immigration Policy Got Latino Vote

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?We are giving President Obama a second chance to deliver on his promise of federal immigration reform and really build the kind of political will that is necessary to make that happen,? said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Neumann-Ortiz said that Obama?s recent policy of deferred action for youth was a motivating factor in the large numbers of support for Mr. Obama. Deferred action for undocumented youth was put into effect June 15 by the Department of Homeland Security. Five criteria must be met to be eligible, including came to the United States before the age of 16; have resided in the United States for the past five years; are currently in school or have a high school diploma or equivalency; have not been convicted of a felony or several misdemeanor offenses; and must be under the age of 30. Activists are demanding more from the Obama administration such as extending deferred action to more people beyond the criteria established for youth, a path towards citizenship, education reform such as the DREAM act and that a real implementation of prosecutorial discretion be used when reviewing deportation cases. ICE implemented a policy in 2011, that they would be using prosecutorial discretion when considering deportation cases. The agency stated they would not follow through with deportation proceeding cases that were of low priority, which includes people who have been living in the United States for a long period of time, have a family in the US and have no criminal convictions.

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