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The Latino community on Monday celebrated the start of President Barack Obama's second tem with the request that he move forward on his promised immigration reform.
"In this second term, without the pressure of seeking re-election, we hope he moves forward on immigration reform. He himself admitted that he had not fulfilled his promise," Tomas Tellez, a Peruvian immigrant living in Maryland, told Efe.
"It's a Latino and Hispanic-American celebration. The other candidate (Republican Mitt Romney) didn't connect with the Latino community. He left us in the background," added Tellez, who waited with his daughter on Pennsylvania Ave. for the inaugural procession.
The support of 70 percent of Latinos had a pronounced influence on the president's victory last November.
"It's a chance to see the president, since it will be his second and last term. It's going to be a memory. In 20 years I'm going to remember today," Tellez's 20-year-old daughter Jimena Tellez said.
Although at this second inauguration the number of people was notably less than in 2009, a crowd of more than 500,000 put up with the cold and the lines to get through the exhaustive security checks and be participants in the ceremony.
Near the Capitol, Ivette Sanchez awaited Obama's inaugural address with her brother and her nephews, who had traveled to the U.S. capital from Texas for the occasion.
"I voted for Obama and I wanted to come and experience a bit of history," she told Efe. EFE