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HISPANICS still wary of OBAMA over deportations | Washington Examiner

August 21, 2011

Hispanics still wary of Obama over deportations

By: Hayley Peterson | Examiner Staff Writer 08/20/11

Dozens of U.S.-born children from across the country traveled to the White House with their undocumented parents to march and demonstrate against recent deportations July 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. Organized by CASA de Maryland, Familias Latinas Unidas, and other organizations, marchers describing themselves as ‘Obama Orphans,’ or children whose parents have been deported, called on President Barack Obama to keep his campaign promise of comprehensive immigration reform.

Facing an election-year backlash from Hispanic voters, President Obama put on hold the deportation of up to 300,000 illegal immigrants who have been rounded up by local police and turned over to the federal government under a program Obama instituted.

Obama called for individual reviews of 300,000 deportation cases and ordered that any cases involving children or immigrants who had not committed violent crimes — the original target of his immigration enforcement program — be suspended.

The administration’s announcement follows increasing criticism from the Hispanic community of the president’s aggressive deportation policies, which led to the removal of nearly 1 million immigrants over the last two years. No other president has overseen that many deportations.

“I think the president understands that he is in considerable trouble with his base all-around,” said Allert Brown-Gort, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. “Quite clearly this announcement comes as a result of understanding that Latinos are becoming ever more important … particularly in battleground states such as Colorado and New Mexico.”

Obama won a record number of Hispanic votes in 2008 by promising to press for comprehensive immigration reform, including creating a path to citizenship for many of the 11 million illegal immigrants already living in the United States.

But in his first two years in office, Obama has offered only a far more modest immigration proposal, the so-called Dream Act, which would have given citizenship to younger illegal immigrants who attended college or joined the military. Yet, even that proposal failed in Congress — even when Obama’s fellow Democrats controlled it.

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