Colorado Senator Announces Immigration Agreement

Olivia Mendoza, the executive director of the Colorado Latino Forum, thinks the compact is definately a step in the right direction.

"What I liked about the compact is it talks about immigration policy from a holistic perspective," Mendoza said, adding that the immigration issue is often talked about in the context of social justice or economic development, while the compact takes a broader view.

Hispanic voters played a significant role in the 2012 presidential election, lending critical votes to President Barack Obama in swing states such as Colorado. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, Latino voters made up about 14 percent of the electorate in Colorado, and voted for Obama by a margin of 75 percent to 23 percent in the state. While they, like voters overall, cited the economy and jobs as their number one concern, Latinos also named immigration as a critical issue. And following Latino voters' record turnout - they made up 10 percent of the national electorate for the first time ever - lawmakers in Washington are beginning to turn their attention to the need for immigration reform.

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