October 9, 2012
Known as “dreamers” immigrant youth who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents when they were children
NEW YORK-President Barack Obama compares the “dreamers” with his two daughters in the first television ad of his campaign and radio speaking in Spanish.
During the video, titled “good example” and issued on Tuesday, Obama said that the dreamers would “inspire”, as with his daughters Malia and Sasha.
Known as “dreamers” immigrant youth who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents when they were children and now could benefit from a bill, known as the Dream Act, which would open a path to citizenship .
“In youth known as the ‘dreamers’, I see the same qualities that Michelle and I try to instill in our daughters. Respect their parents … They study to overcome … and want to contribute to the only country they know and love. As a parent, inspire me, “Obama said in the recording, speaking in Spanish. “As president, his courage has reminded me that no obstacle is too big. No long way. ”
On the other hand, presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday also issued a television ad aimed at the Hispanic community in ensuring when “Hispanic businesses grow, grows U.S.” and the speaker of lower taxes for small businesses.
Obama spoke in Spanish and in his election campaign of 2008, in order to capture the vote of the Hispanic community.
U.S. President announced in June a program of temporary suspension of deportations youth who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents when they were children. The program also offers temporary work permits but applicants must meet certain requirements.
An estimated 1.7 million young immigrants could benefit from Obama’s initiative, says the Pew Hispanic Research Center.
Romney’s campaign said last week that if he wins the election, will not grant more visas or temporary work permits to youth in an irregular situation who are now benefiting from the new program, known in English as “deferred action for childhood arrivals” (CCIP).
Amanda Henneberg, a spokesman for the Romney campaign, told The Associated Press that the former Massachusetts governor would focus quickly to replace the temporary program for permanent immigration reform. The spokesman confirmed so work permits and visas and immigrant youth delivered through the program would remain in force.
According to September data from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 29 young people have obtained special visas and work permits and more than 82,000 have applied to benefit from the program.
The Mexican dreamer Benita Veliz, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention, and Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader in the Senate, on Tuesday criticized Romney for wanting to end the program if it reaches the White House.
“While that statement shows that Romney remains the candidate for president more extreme on migration in modern history, still amazes me that someone like him take advantage of a nation founded and built by immigrants,” said Veliz, an immigrant 25 years whose parents took without authorization to Chicago at the age of seven.
“The president knows that we change as his daughters, we want to study, respect our parents and raise our voices when we see injustice,” said the Mexican.
Reid described the decision to end the program Romney as “unfair” because they process requests sent to the dreamers government takes time, he said.
It is expected that more than 12 million Hispanics go to the polls for the presidential election in November, according to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO, for its acronym in English).