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"Politics of deportation" in US

10-03-2012 00:13 BJT Special Report:2012 US Presidential Election |

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In this presidential election, an estimated 12 million Latinos are expected to vote here in the United States. That’s up from ten million last time around. One of the most important issues for them: immigration. In the past few months, the White House has adopted new policies to prevent the deportation of young, undocumented immigrants and others in special cases. Our correspondent Nitza Soledad Perez explains the "politics of deportation." from Miami, Florida.

"I’m here to announce the latest results of ICE’s National Operation targeting criminal aliens for arrest and removal."

John Murton, Director of ICE (on camera, already matted by ICE): "The operation known as National Cross Check, took place last week in every state of the Union."

U.S. immigration agents deported 391,953 foreign-born people in 2011-many of them criminals according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

A few weeks ago, the administration started a deferred deportation program called the "Dream Act" for young, undocumented students who now call themselves "dreamers." The application process started on August 15th. Just two months ahead of the election, it looks like blatant ploy to get votes, but these youngsters are happy to be offered a temporary solution.

Vanessa Nunez, Undocumented student said, "It’s bitter sweet, because we do now that the President supports the ’Dream Act,’ however as you said, the largest amount of people have been deported in the last three years and he says that he’s not deporting dreamers, but dreamers have been deported."

Vanessa Nunez helps provide legal advice for undocumented students like her.

Nitza Soledad Perez, Miami, Florida said, "Over 80 thousand young, undocumented immigrants across the nation have applied for this deferred action program, but less than one percent has been approved. "

Since Obama took office the average number of deportations per year is around 400,000. That’s double the annual average during President George W. Bush’s first term.

Jorge Rivera, Immigration Attorney said, "There is no doubt, that on the verge of the election, he comes out not only with the change for students, the change for deportations, the changes in waivers. It’s a series of changes that he’s proposed, that he’s come up with, right before the elections, why That’s why the polls are tilted on his favor."

Polls in the U.S. indicate that Latino voters prefer President Obama over Mitt Romney by nearly a 40-point margin. So Obama isn’t the only one making last minute adjustments. Romney, who used to be an advocate of self-deportation, says he’s now pro-"Dreamers."

Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential Candidate said, "And by the way if someone gets an advanced degree I want them to stay here so I’d staple a green card to their diploma."

President Obama is leading Romney in national polls by just 3 percent. With Latino voters making up around 8 percent of the electorate in key "battleground states" like Florida and Ohio, the immigration issue could make a difference between Obama winning back the White House, or packing his bags.

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source: CCTV.com

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