7 in 10 Latino Voters Support Obama’s DAPA, DACA Programs, Poll Finds

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Three out of four Latinos will cast ballots for a presidential candidate supporting deportation relief programs, according to an America’s Voice and Latino Decisions poll released last week.

Asked what their most important issue was ahead of November’s general election, 41 percent of the 2,200 registered voters surveyed said immigration reform and deportations were at the top of their list, followed by the economy (24 percent) and education reform (16 percent).

DACA Opens Door to Health Care

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Jesus Pina Sanchez remembers all too vividly that morning two years ago when he was crossing the street near his home and got hit by a car in the crosswalk.

The then15-year-old was rushed by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Oakland, X-rayed and treated for the bruises he suffered. He was discharged later that day and his parents were slapped with a $10,000 bill, which weeks later went to collections.

Union-Tribune: Jose Antonio Vargas: stop immigrant stereotypes

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By Tatiana Sanchez, San Diego Union-Tribune

Journalist, filmmaker and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas on Thursday stressed the need for Americans of all backgrounds to engage in open, honest and sometimes even uncomfortable conversations about race and immigration.

More than 200 students, educators and community members attended the lecture organized by UC San Diego’s Cross-Cultural Center, which sponsors programs focused on diversity, social justice and equity.

ThinkProgress: GOP Candidates Likely Don’t Want You To Know This Fact About Undocumented Immigrants

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By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress

Particularly as GOP presidential candidates promise to deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, there’s a lot of public debate over whether those people make any significant contributions in this country.

But there is one area where they are clearly contributing. Undocumented immigrants living in the United States pay $11.6 billion in state and local taxes annually, according to an updated Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy report.

From DACA Recipient to Rocket Engineer

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Henry Yi (not his real name) is studying mechanical engineering and dreams of working for NASA. The 19-year-old UC Berkeley student says he couldn’t have done it without his parents – not only because of the sacrifices they made to bring him to the United States, but because they helped him apply for a program that has changed his life.

Yi, who declined to use his real name to protect his family, says it was his parents who first told him about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program, announced in 2012, grants undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children a reprieve from deportation and access to a work permit.