Latino voters who turned out to the polls in unprecedented numbers on Election Day and helped propel President Obama to a second term are calling his reelection a victory — and a starting point for more permanent solutions to the nation’s immigration policies.
About 100 people representing immigrant groups gathered in front of the White House on Thursday with a message for the president:
“We got your back,” they chanted. “Now it’s time for you to have ours.”
The crowd was there to celebrate the passage of the “Dream Act” in Maryland and to push elected officials to pass comprehensive immigration reform immediately.
Veronica Sarvia, 17, said that as an undocumented immigrant, she has struggled to pay rising out-of-state tuition costs. She came to the United States from El Salvador at age 10. With the passage of the Maryland law, she now can pay in-state fees.
Sarvia said she now wants to see immigration reform. Her younger sister is a U.S. citizen and her grandmother is a permanent legal resident.