In an interview with the Des Moines Register, President Obama says that if he is re-elected as president for a second term, it would be from the support of his strong lead among Latino voters, and commits to work on reaching an agreement with lawmakers for comprehensive immigration reform during the first year of his re-election.
“We need to get immigration reform done, and I’m fully committed to doing that,” says Obama. “Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community.”
On June 15 of this year, President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who would receive a temporary workers permit for an extension to stay in the country. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says that more than 3,000 young undocumented immigrants are applying for deferred deportation every day under the new immigration policy.
As of October 10, close to 180,000 requests have been accepted for processing, and about 4,500 requests have been approved for deferred action.
“I suspect that we may see a bulge of applications after the New Year when there’s either this administration or a new administration and when the policies are going to be become more clear,” says Napolitano.