Poll Says Obama Stance in Immigration May Payoff
Leaders of the Hispanic community embraced President Barack Obama on Friday, as a new poll released shows his new policy on immigration could help him in swing states. He announced last week that over 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants would no longer have to worry about deportation. Hispanic groups applauded the shift in policy, but Obama insisted to them on Friday that more needed to be done.
Obama told Hispanic leaders that his administration wanted the shadow of deportation lifted to give the young a reason for hope. He said it was the right thing for his administration to do. Obama also blasted Republicans in Washington for not approving the DREAM Act, which creates a path for illegal immigrants to gain citizenship.
He warned that his Republican presidential opponent, Mitt Romney would try to stop any further reform. Obama said Romney promised the Dream Act would be vetoed if he were president and that he should be taken at his word.
Romney addressed the same group of Hispanic leaders on Thursday and will not say if he would overturn the policy change by Obama if elected to office. However, Romney did say it was just a temporary measure fueled by politics during an election year.
Romney’s staff was touting his new immigration plan that would give residency cards to undocumented immigrants that are studying at universities in the U.S. and help those that served or are serving in the U.S military to get citizenship.
A new poll showed that the President now has huge leads among Hispanic voters in some of the crucial battleground states. Obama is leading 53% to 37% over Romney among Florida Hispanics said the new poll.