Obama Gets Hispanic Voters from his Immigration Stance
Elizabeth Alvisar has been out of work for months. She is against gay marriage and abortion. These are the type of voters that you would think will vote for Republican Mitt Romney’s ticket. But she said that she is supporting President Barack Obama in November because of his support for the legislation known as the DREAM Act.
Democrats failed to pass the bill in Congress but President Obama signed an executive order in August that allowed young people brought into the US through illegal means as minors to avoid deportation if they join the military or graduate from high school.
Hispanic communities experience high unemployment rates and low home values. President Obama’s immigration stance as well as his executive order has given him the support of the Hispanic across the nation. This was also due to the hard-line Republican position on immigration.
The Obama campaign is trying to attract Hispanics to win the election not just in Nevada but also in other vital swing states such as Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia. Obama’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said that Hispanics know that the president is on the right side of the immigration issue. She added that the president wants to work with Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.
The importance of the immigration issue was highlighted during last week’s presidential debate. President Obama reminded viewers and voters that Romney supported self-deportation to solve the illegal immigration problem. He also said that Romney asked the advice of a law professor who helped authored Arizona’s immigration bill.
The Romney campaign said that Hispanics had to endure a 9.9 percent unemployment rate under Obama’s term. The rate was more than two points above the national average. Romney also noted that President Obama promised to pass an immigration overhaul and had failed to do so.