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Editorial: It's Time for Obama to Come through for Latinos

La Opinin, Posted: Nov 07, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- Latino voters supported Obama, and now they expect him to come through for them, according to an editorial in La Opinin. The first thing to do, editors write, is to bring a halt to the current policy on immigration raids and sponsor changes in immigration law. Immigration reform must be a front-burner priority for the administrations first year. Editors write that setting the issue aside for a later time is "unacceptable": It is a commitment to voters and must be honored. Latinos came through in response to Obamas call, the editorial concludes. Now the incoming Administration must come through for them.

More than 10 million Latinos voted on Tuesday, compared with 7 million in 2004. Of these, 66 percent voted for President-Elect Barack Obama. This vote was decisive in the Democratic Senators victory in states like Florida, Nevada and New Mexico, with their large Hispanic populations, and in Virginia and Pennsylvania, where they made the difference in very close races which were finally decided for Obama.


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