Mitt Romney accuses Barack Obama of playing politics with immigration





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Published on Jun 17, 2012

The Republican presidential challenger claimed electoral considerations played a "big part" in Mr Obama's announcement on Friday that young undocumented immigrants could obtain work permits.

"The timing is pretty clear," Mr Romney said in an interview with CBS. "If he really wanted to make a solution that dealt with these kids, or with illegal immigration in America, than this is something he would have taken up in his first three-and-a-half years, not in his last few months".

Mr Obama's move is likely to bolster enthusiasm among Latino voters, whose ballots could be decisive in several key battleground states, such as Florida, Nevada and Colorado, in November's election. He leads Mr Romney among Latinos by more that 30 percentage points, according to national polls.

He announced a partial amnesty for illegal migrants aged 30 or under, who had been brought to the US by their parents, had no serious criminal convictions and were in education or were military veterans.

It is expected that about 800,000 people will be eligible for the new work permits, which can be renewed every two years. Up to 11 million illegal immigrants are estimated to be living in the US.


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