US Immigrants Want
Obama to Address Economy, Immigration
November 08, 2012
Los Angeles has one of the largest and most diverse immigrant
populations in the United States. People from Latin American and
countries throughout Asia live in this melting pot. A visit though
immigrant neighborhoods in the city on Wednesday helped to provide a
gauge of people’s reactions to President Barack Obama re-election.
It might seem like another work day in Los Angeles, with people waiting
for the bus and drivers stuck in traffic. But the future seems a little
brighter, said Justin DeToro, an immigrant and student from the
“Tuitions are going up, so I’m really worried about what my future is.
But Obama being president gives me higher hope,” he said.
DeToro, like many immigrants in Los Angeles, is undocumented. They
cannot receive federal financial aid for school and cannot work here
legally. Many support the president and hope he will reform U.S.
immigration policy during his second term in office.
Sarah Martinez said she has high expectations for the president.
“That he accomplishes the Dream Act [immigration reform legislation] so
all the students that are immigrants can actually have their own papers
now. The economy first of all. I think, that he needs to fix the
economy,” said Martinez.
Korean American Judy Kang agrees.
know that it’s going to be hard, but hopefully [the president can do
this]. I know that it’s going to be hard,” said Kang.
Chinese American Peter Wang voted for Obama's challenger, former
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Wang said he was thinking of a change after four years - to have a new
president lead the United States. But Wang said he is not too
disappointed his candidate lost. He said he can see a benefit to Obama
being president because he is the first African American president. Wang
said the world can see the United States truly is a democratic country,
blacks as well as whites can be president, as long as they have the
support of the people.