NEW YORK (AP) – The estimated 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally are watching this potentially crucial election mostly from the sidelines. They can’t vote, of course, so their future in this country depends on the choices other people make.
Some find that frustrating and are doing whatever they can: They are taking part in get-out-the-vote efforts, knocking on doors, making telephone calls and telling their stories in places like New York, California, Arizona and Virginia. They hope voters will keep them in mind when casting ballots.
To many immigrants, the stakes are high: Republican Donald Trump has talked about mass deportations and a border wall. Democrat Hillary Clinton has pledged to work for immigration reform and protect President Barack Obama’s executive actions on behalf of immigrants.
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