Poll: For Latinos, Immigration Is Personal

Poll: For Latinos, Immigration Is Personal

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Latino voters are no strangers to the plight of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

A majority (53 percent) of Latino registered voters said they personally know an undocumented immigrant, and one-quarter (25 percent) said they know someone who has been deported or is facing deportation proceedings. That's according to a new poll by ImpreMedia and Latino Decisions, the third in a series of six national opinion polls exploring the views of the most integrated segment of Latinos in American society: registered voters.

This installment of the poll focused on the topic of immigration.

Matt Barreto, pollster for Latino Decisions and political science professor at the University of Washington, said the poll results put to rest the notion that Latino voters are not interested in what happens to undocumented immigrants.

“It proves what we know anecdotally, that the immigration issue is very personal for Latinos, and doesn't have to do with political ideology. Latino voters have personal relationships that they feel are impacted by the nation's decisions about immigrants,” said Barreto.

“That’s why they [undocumented immigrants] can affect the political decisions of even second- or third-generation Latinos born here.”

Gabriel Sanchez, political science professor at the University of New Mexico, said that at first glance, the poll results seem surprising.

“We’re talking about registered Latino voters, and yet the direct and personal connection with the issue of undocumented immigrants helps explain why even Latinos born in the United States, whose dominant language is English, have liberal attitudes about immigration policy,” he said. “This is something a lot of people in the U.S. don't understand.”

Fifty-one percent of Latino voters consider the issue of immigration, including comprehensive reform and the DREAM Act, to be the most important issue currently facing the community. Thirty-five percent said their priority is the economy and the creation of jobs. Education came in third place, with 18 percent of voters identifying it as the most important issue.

The voters surveyed said that in the absence of immigration reform in Congress, they believe the president should use his executive powers to address some of the immediate problems facing certain groups of undocumented immigrants.

Sixty-six percent of voters said they would support an executive order by the president to stop the deportation of undocumented minors or college-age youth who do not have a criminal record. This support is consistent among Latinos of all ideologies, backgrounds and political parties, including 54 percent of Republicans.

Respondents also said they did not see the need to further increase border security or direct more resources toward deportations. When asked if they thought these efforts were necessary, 29 percent agreed and 62 percent disagreed. Of these, 49 percent said they “strongly disagreed.”

Among those who favor the president’s use of executive orders, 60 percent said they support stopping the deportation of children and minors with no criminal record; 74 percent said they support stopping the deportation of undocumented immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

“A clear majority of Latino voters favors President Obama making use of his executive authority so there is greater discretion when it comes to detentions and deportations. They clearly want to see the end of deportations of young students, parents of U.S.-citizen children and people married to citizens or legal residents,” Barreto said.

They were also asked about a number of immigration-related state measures. Fifty-six percent said they oppose laws requiring state or local police to ask people for their papers; 29 percent were in favor of these laws.

Fifty-two percent said they would support a law clarifying that only the federal government can ask for immigration papers. Seventy-eight percent said they support laws that allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at universities.

The survey also found strong support for comprehensive immigration reform, reflecting the results of previous polls of Latino voters. All categories of Latino registered voters, including independents and Republicans, said they support immigration reform, in numbers ranging from 66 percent to 80 percent depending on the subgroup. All were solid majorities.

This includes requiring undocumented immigrants to pay taxes and pass a background check (84 percent supported this) and requiring them to have lived in the country for at least two years (69 percent) in order to qualify for a path to legalization. There was less support for a fine of $1,000 (48 percent in favor, 46 percent opposed) and requiring immigrants to return to their home country before getting papers (40 percent in favor and 53 opposed).

Latino voters also said they noticed an anti-immigrant and anti-Latino sentiment in U.S. public discourse. Sixty percent said there was definitely an anti-immigrant climate and 16 percent said there was to some extent (for a total of 76 percent).

Methodology

Latino Decisions interviewed 500 registered voters between May 24 and June 4 in the 21 states with the highest Latino populations, representing 95 percent of the electorate. Interviewees were selected at random from voter rolls and included those interviewed by cell phone. The margin of error was 4.3 percent. Interviews were conducted in English or Spanish, according to the preference of the respondents.


 

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Anonymous

Posted Jun 10 2011

Immigration is not only the Hispanic issue. It is a priority for other minorities and nationalities. It is sad that Obama is listening to hate groups and racists, and not using his power that was given to him by Working People. Where is Democracy in that?! Or may be he doesn’t care about 4 million American citizen children who lost or about to lose one or both parents. He never cared about immigration reform. He lied to get to the White House, he lied to become a President. Obama has unresolved personal issues with his father leaving him and his mama. He only became a President to proof that his papa was wrong. Obama doesn’t care about people, he enjoys other people sufferings. Vote him out. Obama is just a miserableness liar, who even cannot keep his word. Vote him out.

Anonymous

Posted Jun 12 2011

We can't stand by and let our country be destroyed because "Latinos" have thin skins and are easily offended.

Latinos in general aren't very good at making political decisions; the state of their countries of origin shows it. Their emotional approach to governance will ruin our country.

Anonymous

Posted Jun 12 2011

AMNESTY or as the Pro-illegal immigration groups prefer to label it, Immigration Reform. The truth is not ever going to happen? The 1986 IRCA was a utter calamity and costly for taxpayers.The 1986 (IRCA) Immigration Control and Reform Act that was a mass amnesty, which became the prime deception, played on the American taxpayer of all time. Because of despicably fraud and supreme neglect, the 2 million farmer’s laborers and other illegal workers who were provided a legal course to citizenship, that ultimately turned into 6 million. Even inexplicable those people, who received this pardon, vanished from their usual places of employment and turned up in the job force around the country that Americans citizens had to compete with. Future wise, Congress proposed the I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility Verification Form.) to ensure that all employees presented documentary proof of their legal eligibility, to accept employment in the United States. If the employee has a hiring issue, and chooses to contest an irregularity notice, the employer prints out the “Referral Letter” from the E-Verify program.

The letter contains information about resolving the problem, as well as the contact information for the (SSA) Social security Administration) or (USCIS) US Citizenship and Immigration Service, depending on which bureau was the source of the non-authorization to resolve the problem? As constantly the open border zealots, US Chamber of Commerce, ACLU and a radical mix of anti American organizations, have used the Liberal Press as a fulcrum to regrettably try to suppress the implementation of E-Verify. Are we not in the poorhouse with China, as it is? But this is no firm binder, because millions more people will strive to reach here, before that ominoUsing the media these groups have also brought pressure on the administration not to espouse the Secure Communities law, which identifies criminal aliens through fingerprints by informing ICE. Then Subsequently E-Verify that is increasingly more popular each day by business owners. They are now cautiously aware that an I-9 audit puts their business license in jeopardy, as upheld by the Supreme Court.

As with the 1986 (IRCA) bill those who advocate against the laws are profiteers for more wealth, or to accumulate more votes or just to prepare America (according to the WikiLeaks group founder Julian Assange in secret documents) for merging with some kind of traitorous program, with Canada and Mexico with one currency. This stealth agenda was collusion between the Canadian and American Ambassadors.

Whether we are coming out this miserable recession or not, we cannot afford any immigration amnesty. The first Amnesty in 1986 Ronald Reagan's term of office, cost--$76 BILLION DOLLARS--by the time it was fulfilled. In today money it’s expected to cost $2.6 TRILLION DOLLARS as stated the Heritage Foundation. So taxpayers would be expected to cover that bill, lending most of it from China again?


Using the media these groups have also brought pressure on the administration not to espouse the Secure Communities law, which identifies criminal aliens through fingerprints by informing ICE. Then Subsequently E-Verify that is increasingly more popular each day by business owners. They are now cautiously aware that an I-9 audit puts their business license in jeopardy, as upheld by the Supreme Court.

As with the 1986 (IRCA) bill those who advocate against the laws are profiteers for more wealth, or to accumulate more votes or just to prepare America (according to the WikiLeaks group founder Julian Assange in secret documents) for merging with some kind of traitorous program, with Canada and Mexico with one currency. This stealth agenda was collusion between the Canadian and American Ambassadors.

Whether we are coming out this miserable recession or not, we cannot afford any immigration amnesty. The first Amnesty in 1986 Ronald Reagan's term of office, cost--$76 BILLION DOLLARS--by the time it was fulfilled. In today money it’s expected to cost $2.6 TRILLION DOLLARS as stated the Heritage Foundation. So taxpayers would be expected to cover that bill, lending most of it from China again? But this is no firm binder, because millions more people will strive to reach here, before that ominous inauguration day of a new Immigration Reform bill.

If Congress is unable to cut spending in this recent of 14 .5 Trillion dollars US Treasury deficit, can anybody in the right frame of mind, tell us where we intend to get another $2.5 trillion dollars, to subsidize those illegal immigrants already living here? These dollars are inconceivable and even if there was another. It's outrageous that Washington politicians would expect to bled even more money from numb Taxpayers, when we are confronted by rejuvenating two nations abroad, in millions of dollars a day.

Amnesty, it will only further multitudes of people to come here? Washington legislators come and go, author bills, but are never held accountable for the financial wrecks they leave behind? Only Secure Communities, E-Verify can mitigate some of the pressure that will make foreign nationals think twice before crossing the border, or entering America by other means. This isn’t about any particular race, a person’s politics, religion as we are all suffering. It’s not even about the legal Hispanic population, as they are under the same pain of finding a job, stagnant wages and some type of exploitation. We are all the same boat and without stringent restrictions on immigration and its costs, that boat is heading towards rough waters and could easily sink. The TEA PARTY will slow down this process by confronting Washington aggressively on birthright citizenship to rescind it, which will sever the bond of 300.000 babies from foreign nation getting instant citizenship; cutting down on the annual monolithic cost to subsidize these offspring and families.

It will also bring to a halt, which it attributed to this wrongly conferred law, saving taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars a year? The TEA PARTY will examine these unfair taxes placed on Americans, by Liberal oriented courts, to appoint obligations to educate, provide health care that comes with the never ending tide of illegal aliens skirting our laws. The TEA PARTY will created bills to up the penalty, for entering America as a felony. This should have been the law of the land, decades ago? Personally, it has always translated to prove there was no serious intention to enforce these laws. It’s in the vein of a conspirator’s reason, why the Southern border fences completion remains a fiasco. The Tea Party will enforce the 1986 (IRCA) law as was planned, with no complicity of government agencies to stifle those laws, such as the business influence.

The TEA PARTY in 2012 will remove the Liberal influence and even have the empowerment to construct the real border fence, and mandating with no exemptions E-Verify and Secure Communities and indefinately remove Sanctuary Cities nationwide. As the Tea Party grows against the powerful influences in Washington, these Representatives like TEA PARTY Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota will retire those pro-illegal immigrant politicians, Governors, mayors and all those who have adversely affected strong laws that have been introduced. The American People should not be forced by law, to pay for the impoverished people that trespass into America from other countries. The time is ripe to contact their federal and State Representatives to insist they enact mandatory E-Verify, Secure Communities for every State, at the Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121.

Attn: Be observant on probably the most important election to come, that illegal aliens don't vote as they have previously and most incidents concealed in different States.

Anonymous

Posted Jun 13 2011

Immigration: YES
Illegal immigration: NO!

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