Looking to increase support among Hispanic voters, the Republican National Committee released a new web video Wednesday claiming that President Barack Obama's economic policies have had a disproportionately negative impact on Hispanics.
The video, titled video "Our Family, Our Economy," highlights Hispanic unemployment at 11 percent, above the national average, and says 2.3 million more Hispanics are in poverty since Obama was elected.
"President Obama has let Hispanics down when it comes to creating good paying jobs and getting the economy moving again," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement announcing the video.
He added, "[Obama] has not lived up to his promises to Hispanic voters and the recent jobs report showed that Hispanics are doing worse, not better in the Obama economy."
Priebus suggested the Obama administration's recent change in immigration policy is a political ploy and accused the president are being "more worried about Election Day than the long term improvement of Hispanics."
Last Friday, Obama announced that his administration will halt the deportation of young illegal immigrants if they came to the country before age 16, have been in the country for at least five years, have no criminal record, and are in school, have a high school diploma or served in the military.
Results of a Bloomberg poll released on Tuesday showed strong support for the change in policy, with 64 percent of likely voters saying they agree with the change, while 30 percent disagree.
The results of the poll reflect the challenge facing Republicans, who are looking to increase support among Hispanic voters but generally take a hard-line stance regarding illegal immigration.
In an interview with CBS on Sunday, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would not say if he would repeal the decision if elected president, although he claimed Obama's motivation for the policy change was purely political.
by RTT Staff Writer
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