The Obama administration's announcement on June 15 that it will stop deporting some young undocumented immigrants has launched immigration to the forefront of the presidential campaign. Of course, this is not the first time immigration issues have dominated the campaign.
As the candidates tune their immigration policies, the vote of the Hispanic community this November looms large.(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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Potential vice-presidential pick Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has offered his own alternative to the Dream Act. Similar legislation was also introduced in the House in early June.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
As the 2012 campaign has gone on, the Senate has all but given up on getting the Dream Act passed before the election. The legislation failed in the Senate in 2010.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Complicating the policy picture for candidates, a recent poll has the public split between the Dream Act and an alternative proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Pictured is a fence marking the U.S.-Mexico border.(Fawn Johnson)
Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida has taken a position divergent from Mitt Romney's on immigration, supporting both a path to citizenship or legal residency for the more than 11 million people living in the United States illegally.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration announced that it will stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who have led law-abiding lives in the U.S. and will instead start giving work permits.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)