An immigration advocacy group is calling out President Barack Obama on his immigration policies, according to reports.
The conservative group, Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, is criticizing the president for extreme deportation measures. Over the course of his presidency, President Obama has allegedly deported a record number of undocumented immigrants back to their home countries. Alfonso Aguilar, the group’s executive director, started the group to draw attention to the policies.
“It’s pretty clear that the president is using this issue for political expediency,” Aguilar told CBS. He added that instead of focusing on immigration reform, the president put more of his efforts toward healthcare and other issues.
Despite the fact that President Obama’s campaign has put some focus on reaching out to the Latino community with efforts such as its newly released two Spanish-language television and radio ads, he is still lacking support from the community. Some of these ads compare presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s policies with those of controversial Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. A report released by the Pew Hispanic Center in December shows 59 percent of Latinos disapprove of the way the president is dealing with immigration reform. According to the survey, 59 percent of Latinos disapprove of the way President Obama has been handling deportations.
President Obama recently held a Cinco de Mayo reception for Latinos where he voiced his full support for the DREAM Act. According to Fox News, the president urged Congress to pass the DREAM Act, a law that would grant the children of undocumented immigrants U.S. citizenship if they attended college or joined the U.S. military.