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(NALEO) in Florida and highlight his decision to protect and give work permits to immigrant students who have stayed out of trouble and have been raised in our communities. I cannot fully explain the magnitude of President Obama’s decision, and how it will shape our state, country, and particularly the Latino community. Growing up in South Texas I often heard the heart-breaking stories of promising young people –American in every way but a nine-digit number – who felt hopeless and faced uncertain futures because of their immigration status. For ten years, these students organized, rallied, and waited. They pinned their hopes around the common-sense federal DREAM Act, a once bipartisan solution that would allow young people who go to college or enroll in the military to earn legal status. Instead Republicans played politics with the future of these young people to appeal to extremists in the Republican Party and
blocked the DREAM Act. Senators Hutchison and Cornyn, and every Republican member of Congress from Texas voted against the DREAM Act. President Obama said enough was enough! Our President used his power to grant administrative relief to some students who would have qualified under the DREAM Act. As President Obama announced his decision, I thought about all the lives he changed. The lives of many of the families I have come in contact with not just in South Texas, but all across the country. Whether you realize it or not, the chances are that you’ve met many young students whose futures will be changed because of our President’s decision. These children have grown up in our neighborhoods, gone to schools with our children, sit in our churches. Now, thanks to our President, they will be able to come out of the shadows, work legally in our country, and have a shot at the American dream. President Obama is looking out for our community. In contrast, Mitt Romney has the most extreme position on immigration of any presidential candidate in history. Romney believes that Arizona’s draconian immigration law, which was largely struck down by the Supreme Court, is a model for the nation. Mitt Romney has called for immigrants to self-deport. Mitt Romney has said he would rescind the President’s new decision. And, Mitt Romney has promised to veto the DREAM Act. Romney is flat-out hostile to Latinos.
The differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney on issues that are important to the Latino community are like night and day.
Yours, Gilberto Hinojosa Chair Texas Democratic Party
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