01/13/2012 04:21 pm ET Updated Mar 14, 2012

Latino Players In The Presidential Race

Why he matters: Gutierrez traveled the nation last year speaking out against the historic levels of deportations under the Obama administration. He got arrested outside the White House during a pro-immigrant rally. And he said publicly that the Latino community would not support Obama if his immigration policies didn't change. In other words, he was at the forefront of major pressure that immigrants and advocates put on Obama, which resulted in his effectively ordering ICE to target serious felons only for deportation.