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Can the GOP court the Latino vote?

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) 29th Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

Today, President Obama's policy that lets young, undocumented Latinos avoid deportation goes into effect.

People younger than 31 who were brought here as children and have no criminal record can now apply for a work permit. That doesn't mean they'll be granted citizenship, but President Obama's move is being welcomed by Latino activists as a good first step to legalizing the millions of illegal immigrants here.

It's also seen as a good political move by the President, who needs the Latino vote this November. He already has a substantial lead with likely Hispanic voters, but that hasn't stopped Mitt Romney from trying to lure some of them.

Romney unveiled a Spanish-language ad today, that asks, in Spanish, "Can we allow Democrats to continue fooling us?"


Francisco Pedraza, assistant professor of political science at Texas A & M University.

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