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Democratic Party workers hand out signs at a celebration marking Mexican Independence Day September 14, 2008 in Denver, Colorado.
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Democratic Party workers hand out signs at a celebration marking Mexican Independence Day September 14, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. President Barack Obama's decision to delay action on immigration until after the November election has spurred outrage from the Latino community. Some activists are calling on Latino voters to leave the Democratic party.

President Barack Obama's decision to delay action on immigration until after the November election has spurred outrage from the Latino community.

President Barack Obama's announcement earlier this month to delay action on immigration until after the November election has spurred a range of responses from the Latino community, some of which call on voters in that group to leave the Democratic party.

"No executive action, no vote," said Cal State Long Beach Chicano and Latino studies professor Armando Vasquez–Ramos. "That is what I am preaching to people: Change your registration to independent, go out and vote, but make a statement – you’re voting for none. Because there has been no commitment by our own Democratic party."

Vasquez-Ramos penned an essay titled "A Latino Voters' Declaration of Independence from the Democratic Party" for Los Angeles grassroots organization Hermandad Mexicana, and he's hoping that more Latinos will go independent.

Some are not positive the call will catch on with a large number of voters.

"There is a group of individuals representing the Latino community saying, 'We are unhappy with your decision, and we are going to punish you.' Will that punishment manifest itself? No, it will not," said Fernando Guerra, KPCC Board member and political scientist at Loyola Marymount. "So this threat that somehow Latinos are going to punish Obama, it’s just not going to manifest itself."

For more, Take Two sits down with Southern California Public Radio's Leslie Berestein Rojas.

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