Latinos Rally for Obama to Honor Campaign Promise on Immigration
Tens of thousands of Latinos to Rally in DC over President Obama's Unfulfilled Campaign Promise of Immigration Reform
President Obama has yet to fulfill campaign promises to reform the immigration system, and Latinos are rallying and warning him to deliver or face the consequences in congressional elections in November.
In Washington this Sunday, Latinos numbering in the tens of thousands plan to rally around this issue.
A vote that day in the House of Representatives on the healthcare reform bill may obscure the event, some analysts have said.
Obama benefited in the presidential election of 2008 from a huge voter turnout comprised of a large number of Hispanics, drawn by his promise to deliver immigration reform allowing millions of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
Obama's yearlong push for healthcare reform and efforts to deal with the crisis of the economy, taken together with resistance in Congress after an immigration overhaul was torpedoed in 2007 under Republican President Bush has put the issue in the background for months.
As November elections hang over the White House, there seems to be little time to address the issue, political analysts have said. There is little danger of Hispanics switching their votes to GOP candidates - as Republicans have no record of any sympathy with illegal immigrants - but failure to turn out at the polls could be disastrous for Democrats.
There has been an increasing sense among Latinos that they have been betrayed by Obama and the Democrats.
Jorge-Mario Cabrera, Coalition for Human Immigration Rights, Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera, of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which is sending delegates to the march, has said the the Hispanic community still wants to see the Democrats succeed, but that immigration reform is central to Latinos in America, and is a major aspect of community unification and thriving.
Immigration is a bitterly-fought issue in the United States where some 10.8 million illegal immigrants live and work in the shadows and where Hispanics, the largest immigrant group, are a rapidly increasing voting bloc.
Supporters of an overhaul say illegal immigrants fill the jobs that Americans are not willing to do, while opponents say they drive down wages and are a drain on government resources.
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