According to a Fox News Latino poll, Latinos are giving President Obama higher ratings for his approach to immigration following the implementation of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In the poll of 887 likely Latino voters nationwide, 58 percent of respondents say they approve of the job Obama is doing on immigration, while 32 percent disapprove.
Independent Latinos, considered particularly crucial in deciding November’s presidential election, were evenly split, with 42 percent approving and 42 percent disapproving. Among Democrat Latinos, 77 percent approved, 14 percent disapproved. Republican Latinos largely (65 percent) disapprove, 26 percent approve.
Overall, Latinos graded Obama higher in the new poll than they did in earlier polls, when roughly 60 percent of Latinos said they disapproved of the way the administration had handled immigration, notably deportations, which have reached a record number under his presidency.
Obama’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program seems to have helped to energize Latino voters. DACA offers undocumented immigrants temporary amnesty from deportation and enables them to apply for a work permit if they were brought to the country as children and have no criminal background.