An overwhelming majority of Latino registered voters favor giving undocumented immigrants a path to legal status, and believe that immigrants bring ideas and entrepreneurial spirit to the United States, a new Fox News poll shows.
More than 800 Latino registered voters nationwide were polled between August 7 and 10.
Eighty eight percent said they favor legalizing undocumented immigrants, 9 percent favor deporting them. Ninety percent support allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors to have a chance to legalize, compared with 9 percent who do oppose it.
About three quarters of those who responded felt that immigrants make positive contributions to the United States, saying that they bring ideas and the entrepreneurial spirit to their adopted homeland.
Seventy one percent said Clinton would do a better job with immigration, while 19 percent said that Trump would.
Clinton and Trump have offered widely different proposals to how they would address immigration, particularly what they would do about the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
At the same time, Latinos showed that they do support border security. To the question about whether U.S. immigration policy is strict enough, 26 percent said it was, but more – 38 percent, said it is “not strict enough,” and 30 percent said it is “about right.” Most, 69 percent, said that the immigration system in general is “mostly broken.”
Groups that favor strict immigration policy said that having a lenient approach to undocumented immigrants could be detrimental to Latinos who are here legally.
“The same Fox News poll also shows that the economy is the top issue for Hispanics,” said Bob Dane, executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR. “If true, then supporting candidates who oppose amnesty and mass immigration works to their advantage.”
“Upward mobility of new, legally admitted immigrants will happen more rapidly if those at the bottom of the economic scale don’t have to compete with endless flows of additional arrivals.”