President Obama probably won thousands of Hispanic votes last week by announcing an immigration rule change that his administration will put into effect almost immediately.
The Department of Homeland Security announced the government will begin allowing the undocumented children and spouses of U.S. citizens to remain in the country while applying for visas.
Currently, illegal immigrants must leave the United States, usually for between three and 10 years, before re-entering the country legally. The administration says it now will allow these family members hardship waivers and greatly reduce the amount of time they are in their homelands separated from relatives.
The change, which does not require congressional approval, is extremely popular with Latino and Hispanic groups. President Obama won two-thirds of the Hispanic vote in 2008 and is counting on it again in November.