Thursday, November 8, 2012

Immigrants’ Votes Put Obama to Win

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Recent polls revealed that the strong support of the fastest growing demographic in the United States, the Latin-Americans, had significantly helped Obama win his second-term as U.S. President.

According to Reuters/Ipsos actual Election Day poll, Obama’s support among the said immigrant bloc was nearly 66 percent, which is almost the same percentage that voted for him in the previous election.

Incidentally, immigrants’ support was very important to retain the desired position since his support among white men declined this election to 36 percent from 41 percent way back in 2008, according to a political scientist from the University of Washington, Matt Barreto.

Exerting strong efforts to court the approximately 24 million eligible Latin-American voters eyeing for some good immigration policies was a very good move by Obama.

It could be remembered that last September, Obama admitted that his biggest failure was the insufficiency of comprehensive immigration reform, although his administration had just launched a federal program called the ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ last June.

The program allows young illegal immigrants to apply for temporary work permits and gives them temporary relief from deportation under certain terms and conditions.

In fact, in line with the said program, the State of California recently approved a bill allowing young undocumented immigrants who qualify for the Obama program to secure a driver’s license, giving them a chance to drive and get car insurance in the state.

Consequently, Obama’s stance not only among immigrants but also among the overall voters’ great interests increased upon his hard efforts.

Latin-Americans account for more than half of the U.S. population growth as revealed by the 2010 census data. In fact, the demographic in the South increased by 57 percent between 2000 and 2010, which is four times the population growth of that Republican region.

Unfortunately for Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, he had taken a hard hit from illegal immigrants when he claimed that the latter should be deported from the country before making a bid for citizenship. Therefore, he substantially lost votes among those whom he referred to as ‘aliens.’

Now, as a sign of courtesy to immigrants who helped place him in his second term of presidency, during his victory speech, President Obama announced that fixing the immigration system was among his top priorities in his next incumbency.

Meanwhile, a car accident attorney in Los Angeles commends the re-elected president for his wise move in paying attention to what his political opponent might have overlooked during the campaign period—to give great opportunities to immigrants.