The near-decade debate over reforming immigration remains a source of frustration for Latino voters. A Fox News Latino/Latin Insights poll of likely Latino voters shows 46 percent find the term “illegal immigrant” offensive and more than half of those polled say U.S. immigration laws are too strict. Meanwhile, 85 percent say there should be a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.
Still, the poll found that jobs and the economy are issues Latino voters ranked as most important to their vote with immigration ranking fourth, behind education and health.
President Obama apologized earlier in the week for still having work to do on U.S. immigration laws. “I said we were going to get it done and we didn’t get it done,” he said in a Tuesday press conference. The White House is currently working on legislation that would provide “tough border security,” a path to citizenship for non-citizens whose children were born in the United States and protection to assure that companies don’t “take advantage of undocumented workers,” Obama said.
GOP contenders have sparred over what to do about immigration from border security to amnesty to implementing E-verify for employers. Another recent Univision/ABC poll that shows registered Latino voters strongly support the DREAM ACT.
For more on the candidates’ stances, check out CFR’s Issue Tracker on Immigration.
Suggested Other Reading:
Forbes’ Todd Ganos says if Congress wants the U.S. to remain at the forefront of competitiveness, innovation and productivity, we need immigration reform.
CFR’s Shannon K. O’Neil discusses the role illegal immigration plays in the 2012 U.S. presidential race, and says “whoever wins, the real challenge for tomorrow’s president will be how to deal with the fundamental shifts within the U.S. migrant population.”
Read the report from CFR’s Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy.
– Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor