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President Obama heads to Vegas for immigration overhaul

President Barack Obama, who’s coming to Las Vegas today, picked the right state to sell his new executive order that will protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported.

More than 10 percent of Nevada’s workforce is living here illegally, the highest rate in the country and double the national average. Also, about one in five schoolchildren in the Silver State have at least one parent who’s an undocumented immigrant — far more than any other state, according to the Pew Research Center.

This is an issue that every single citizen should care about,” Obama said in an email to supporters in which he urged them to watch a nationally televised speech he gave Thursday night to unveil his new immigration policy. “It cuts to the fabric of who we are as Americans, and what this country stands for.”

Obama planned to sign his executive order during his Las Vegas visit, speaking in the gym at Del Sol High School where 63 percent of the students are Hispanic. About 13 percent of Del Sol students are English language learners, as well.

The president is popular among Nevada Hispanics, who said on the eve of the Nov. 4 election this year that immigration is the most important issue to them, or 48 percent, according to a poll by Latino Decisions. In 2012 and 2010, most Nevada Hispanics polled said jobs and the economy were the most important issues followed by immigration.

- Las Vegas Review