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U.S. immigration U-turn has Hispanics seeing 'light at end of tunnel'


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Lizette (L), Ricardo (C) and Alicia, who immigrated from Mexico sit on their sofa at their home in Phoenix, Arizona November 9, 2012. Ricardo, a 46-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico, is among millions of Latino immigrants who, regardless of their immigration status, feel fresh optimism this week over newfound Republican willingness to consider immigration reform to avoid further alienating Hispanic voters who proved key to re-electing President Barack Obama. The Obama administration, in a move that boosted support among Latino voters, said in June it would relax deportation rules so that many young illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children can stay and work. Picture taken November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Lott