Immigration is a critical issue for voters
Latino voters are worried about the situation of undocumented immigrants
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Latino voters are not unfamiliar with the critical situation faced by undocumented immigrants who live in the United States. A majority of these voters (53%) said they know someone who is undocumented, while one-fourth (25%) said they know a person or family who is facing deportation or has been deported.
These are some of the results of an impreMedia/Latino Decisions (LD) poll. This is the third in a series of six national polls exploring the opinions of the Latino group that has best integrated into American society: registered voters. This particular poll focused on the immigration issue.
Matt Barreto, a political science professor at the University of Washington and pollster for LD, said poll results refute the idea that Latino voters are uninterested or uninvolved with what is happening to undocumented immigrants.
“It proves what we know anecdotically, that the immigration issue is something very personal for Latinos, unrelated to political ideology. In their personal relationships, Latino voters feel the effect of the decisions made in this country about immigrants,” said Barreto. “That’s why these decisions can even affect the political choices of a second or third generation of Latinos born here.”
Gabriel Sánchez, a political science professor at the University of New Mexico, said these results are surprising at first glance.
“We’re talking about registered Latino voters. However, their direct and personal connection with the problems of the undocumented helps explain why even Latinos who were born in the United States, whose dominant language is English, have liberal attitudes with regards to immigration policy,” said Sánchez. “This is something many people in the U.S. don’t completely understand.”