Obama keeps support of Latinos

Obama keeps support of Latinos

Hugo : CO : USA | Sep 02, 2012 at 12:03 PM PDT
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The U.S. president, Barack Obama, maintains the support of Latino voters toward the Democratic Convention which begins this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The president, who is seeking reelection in the upcoming November elections, facing discontent of many Latino voters for breaking his promise of comprehensive immigration reform and the high unemployment rate.

James Ferg-Cadima, of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), recognized that there is a "disappointment" among Latinos by record deportations while commending deferred action program for undocumented youth.

Ferg-Cadima made his remarks at a press conference last month of 30 civic groups that make up the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda , that called for improvements in economic security, immigration and education, among other topics.

Obama also faces the challenge of reducing the high unemployment rate of 10.3 percent for Hispanics, 8.3 percent higher than the general population, taking into account that the economy and jobs are the top priority for all voters.

At a forum last month at the Center for American Progress (CAP), Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said the recent U.S. recession, which ended in 2009, has been "racial disparities" that have particularly affected Latinos.

He argued, however, that in the past two years, the unemployment rate among Hispanics has dropped almost three percentage points and, on the other hand, more than four out of 10 new jobs have benefited Hispanics.

Hispanics in the United States totaling 50.5 million, representing 16 percent of the population. The figure rises to include nearly four million .

Of the 21 million Latinos who are eligible for the payment, it is expected that at least 12 million vote in elections in November, an increase of two million on the 2008 presidential election.

The 26 percent of Hispanic registered voters supported Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, compared with 65 percent who prefer Obama, according to a recent survey by the firm Latino Decisions.

In the last elections in 2008, Obama won 67 percent of the Hispanic vote, compared with 31 percent of its then rival John McCain.

Obama and Romney, who last week formally accepted his party's nomination at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, are virtually tied in national polls due to concerns about the economy.

Expect immigrant activists should be reelected, Obama invested his political capital in pushing bipartisan support to legalize 11 million undocumented, as it did to achieve the financial and health reforms.

The Obama administration has challenged in court the immigration laws in Arizona and other states, making the Supreme Court to halt several stricter clauses.
However, it has expanded the Secure Communities program to deport illegal immigrants with criminal records, which continues to generate reviews immigrant activists.

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