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President Obama Losing Latino Support
WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) - According to a new poll from the Des Moines Register, President Obama's approval rate in Iowa is the lowest ever. Yet, while hes lost support in the general population, that rating has dropped twice as fast among Latinos.
Traditionally Hispanics vote Democratic, Jose Zacarias a councilman on the West Liberty City Council said.
Thats exactly what happened in 2012; Hispanics played a critical role in the presidents re-election. He earned 71 percent of their vote.
We were expecting some work on immigration reform, Zacarias said.
Zacarias said whats been done, hasnt been enough. He said the Deferred Action program falls short. It allows young people brought into the US illegally a path to stay in the country. He said it isnt easy to navigate, and doesnt provide a direct route to citizenship.
Its a Band Aid on a huge, huge problem, Zacarias said.
Its a problem Zacarias said has a lot to do with the nearly 20 percent drop in the President's approval rating among Latinos.
They are getting ready to move onto college and they are undocumented and therefore they do not qualify for any financial aid. They do a great job in our school system, and then what, whats going to happen with them? Jackie Henderson, a teacher with the West Liberty Community School District said.
The benefits that come from citizenship are necessary to progress yourself otherwise you get caught in the cycle and its so hard to break poverty line, Elliot Henderson a senior at West Liberty High School said.
Zacarias said that 52 percent of West Libertys population is Hispanic. Her son, Elliot, was raised in the school district's dual language program. Like Zacarias, they're advocates for an easier road to citizenship.
This is their home, but, they're really barred by the stringent immigration laws in the country, Elliot said.
Zacarias added that if something doesnt change, the votes could.
The numbers in 2016 are going to be different. Its gonna be a fight, he said.