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Oregon immigrant rights group urges Obama to act

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The re-election of President Barack Obama could have a big impact on immigration rights in Oregon and the United States.

Obama won the lion's share of the Latino vote on Tuesday.

CAUSA Oregon, an immigration rights group, is now calling on Obama to pass a legalization program for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. There is an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.

"The anti-immigrant, right-wing extremists are now on notice. They know that their rhetoric and extremist ideology backfired," said Francisco Lopez, CAUSA's Executive Director. "Nobody who wants to run for President in the United States can win without the support of the Latino vote."

In addition to U.S. lawmakers, the group wants Oregon lawmakers to take action on legalizing undocumented immigrants and restoring access to Oregon driver's licenses.  

On Wednesday, Lopez also congratulated two new Latino members of the Oregon legislature: state representatives-elect Joe Gallegos and Jessica Vega.

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