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Latino voters have responded with enthusiasm to President Obama's decision Friday to limit deportation proceedings against and extend green card eligibility to roughly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants. But the head of a conservative Latino group in Colorado cautioned that the administration's track record on immigration demands at best only a cautious optimism.
In Colorado and a handful of other swing states, the Hispanic vote is expected to be a key factor in this year's presidential election. As Republican campaign rhetoric around immigration has continued to turn off many Latino voters, some GOP strategists are suggesting the eventual Republican nominee can appeal to Hispanics by focusing on economic issues.
While Rick Perry seems to take it in the shorts from both the right and the left on any given day, he has quickly become one of the frontrunners for the GOP nomination for president. If he makes it, he will have one group to thank as much as any other--Latino voters.