SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 News) – A new study said 63 percent of Latinos approve of President Obama’s handling of immigration, up from 28 percent in November 2011, according to a study released by the Pew Research Center.
Obama pledged to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill in his last term, but that didn’t happen. He’s trying again now.
Ana Lilia Perez Martinez from Layton, Utah said she approves of what the president is doing and believes he can make a change.
She said too many presidents have made broken promises before.
Martinez brought her son Thomas to the United States when he was 7. She only speaks Spanish, but her son is bilingual.
He graduated from Layton High School, but couldn’t attend college or work without a Social Security Number.
Thomas was granted a work permit from the U.S. Government under Obama’s Deferred Action Program. He program allows Thomas to get a Social Security Number, work or go to college without the threat of deportation for a period of two years.
Martinez said this is the first time anyone in her family has been given a life changing opportunity.
She said her family’s dreams are now becoming a reality.
Obama has said he is confident his plans on comprehensive immigration reform would pass during his second term.