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This undocumented immigrant can't vote but she's going door-to-door for Clinton

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This undocumented immigrant can't vote but she's going door-to-door for Clinton

There are more than 700,000 young people brought to the United States as children who are currently living in political limbo.  Without legal status, they are barred from voting.

Nayeli Lopez is one of them. 

This is my country. I wouldn't know what it would be like going back to Mexico.

She can't vote, but she can canvass 

Lopez came to the United States from Mexico with her parents when she was 13 years old. Now 29, she works with CASA in Action, a nonprofit that promotes civic engagement among Latinos and immigrants. Unable to vote herself, she's going door-to-door asking voters to cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton.

Reuben, a volunteer with CASA in Action, goes canvassing for Clinton.
Reuben, a volunteer with CASA in Action, goes canvassing for Clinton.

Reuben Chavez, a CASA volunteer, says his undocumented friends are as engaged in the election as most voters. 

"That's one of the reasons I came out here -- they motivated me." 

What is DACA?

In 2012, President Obama announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, created by executive order. The federal program defers deportation for some undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as children.

These young undocumented immigrants are often referred to as "dreamers," a nod to immigration reform legislation proposed over a decade ago that Congress never approved.

Nayeli Lopez, an undocumented immigrant, goes door-knocking for Clinton.
Nayeli Lopez, an undocumented immigrant, goes door-knocking for Clinton.

Some 730,000 young people, including Lopez, have been approved for deportation relief under DACA. 

Where Trump and Clinton stand on DACA 

In addition to promising to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and deport the country's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, Trump has said he would eliminate DACA. 

Clinton, who supports DACA, has said she would introduce comprehensive immigration reform during her first 100 days as president. Her campaign launched "My Dream, Your Vote," a voter registration program targeting the 27.3 million eligible Latino voters across the country. 


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