- The Washington Times - Friday, September 26, 2014

A national Latino group is circulating an online petition that calls on Latino voters to oppose Sen. Mark Pryor in his hotly contested Senate race in Arkansas, saying he opposed the idea of President Obama taking executive action on immigration reform.

The petition from Presente Action, which bills itself as the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group, says, “Latinos are not political footballs to be thrown back and forth as convenient.”

“But that’s what Senator Pryor seems to think — he joined four other Democratic senators and Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz to push President Obama not to use executive action to provide relief for millions of undocumented immigrations, all because they though it could hurt their election chances,” it says. “They didn’t have our backs — so we won’t have theirs.”

The group is also going after Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, who, like Mr. Pryor, are running in tight re-election races.

“We have voting power and we’re going to use it in the upcoming elections to illustrate that we will not support political candidates who continue to stand in the way of executive action and the continued suffering of 11 million people,” Arturo Carmona, executive director of Presente Action, said in a statement. “Utilizing the Latino population as a means for political gain cannot be tolerated.”

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