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President Obama to Deliver Immigration Speech in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS - President Barack Obama is visiting Las Vegas Tuesday to unveil his plan for comprehensive immigration reform. The president is expected to speak at Del Sol High School just after noon.

According to the Clark County School District, Del Sol High School has a large Latino population and mirrors demographics in the Las Vegas valley.

Almost 19 percent of Nevada's population has emigrated from a different country. with most coming from Latin American countries. Nevada is the nation's 5th highest state for immigration.

If that's not enough of a reason for Obama to discuss immigration reform in Nevada, political consultants point to the next election cycle. Nevada will continue to be a swing state like it was in 2012.

The head political consultant for the Ramirez Group said Nevada will play an important role in getting immigration legislation passed.

"It's going to be an important election in 2014 for state and local races that coming to a state like this, we have a Latino governor," political consultant Andres Ramirez said. "We have the first Latino Senate majority leader. We have a fast growing Latino population and electorate that those things all make sense."

Obama's plan is expected to touch on all realms of immigration from allocating visas, to hiring illegal immigrants, to securing America's borders.

Many political experts expect the announcement to be similar to the president's 2009 efforts to pass the Dream Act, which would have allowed undocumented children, who were brought to the United States illegally at a young age, a path to citizenship.

Local Latino leaders are excited about Tuesday's announcement which could provide a clear roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million people living in this country illegally.

"The problems right now, of course, involve themselves with being unable to obtain a drivers license, being unable for our children to go on to higher education," said Fernando Romero with the National Council of La Raza. "Those that do, manage to go onto higher education to get employment within their fields that they study."

The president is expected to speak at Del Sol about noon. 8 News NOW and 8NewsNOW.com will carry Obama's arrival and speech live.

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