In June, the Obama administration announced the availability of work permits and temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements. Those eligible for the permits must be younger than 30-years-old and have arrived in the United States before the age of 16. Immigrants must also have a clean criminal record and be a student, a high school graduate or have served in the military.
The Obama administration made a bold move on Friday when it announced it would stop deporting some undocumented immigrants. In an executive order President Obama said young undocumented people who have no criminal background, came to the U.S. before they were 16 and who are in school can apply for work permits and be spared deportation for up to two years. In Nevada several DREAM Act supporters have rallied in support of the bill which would provide a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to the country as children and who serve in the military. We talk with undocumented students and a political expert about the ramifications of the Obama decision.
As an answer to the Tea Party, an Hispanic activist in Las Vegas wondered out loud whether Latinos needed to form a similar movement to push for immigration reform and the DREAM Act. Dee Dee Garcia-Blase, founder of the nation's largest Republican Hispanic group, Somos Republicans, took the idea and formed The National Tequila Party Movement.
The Dreamers - the group of young people who came to the United States as children without documentation - are now in their teens and twenties. They cannot return back to their home countries but they cannot win citizenship here. What is the next step? What is Plan B for winning recognition for the Dreamers. Some of the new generation of Nevada activists tell us what they're planning.
Latino political leaders say they want their own version of the Tea Party. It's been dubbed the Tequila Party and the purpose would be to influence elected officials to pay more attention to the concerns of the Latino community.