Monday, April 15, 2013

New Poll Shows Latino Undocumented Immigrants and Families Deeply Integrated into Social Fabric of US

The latest data from a groundbreaking poll conducted by Latino Decisions on behalf of NALEO Educational Fund and America’s Voice Education Fund released today suggests that undocumented immigrants living in the country today have deep family and social roots in the country.

More than 400 Latino undocumented immigrants participated in the poll, which was conducted in English and Spanish between March 4 and March 29, 2013 in anticipation of bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation being unveiled in the U.S. Senate.

Results from the America’s Voice/NALEO Educational Fund/Latino Decisions poll provided exclusive insights into the Latino undocumented immigrant community, including reasons for immigrating, citizenship status of family members, interest in becoming U.S. citizens and outlook on the possibility of comprehensive immigration reform happening this year. Key findings from the poll include:

Undocumented immigrants are ready to take the next step. 87 percent of Latino undocumented immigrants would become a U.S. citizen if the immigration system permitted it;

Undocumented immigrants and their families are already integrated. 85 percent of Latino undocumented immigrants reported having a spouse, child or family member that is a U.S. citizen;

Undocumented immigrants came here to live the American dream. 77 percent of Latino undocumented immigrants came to the U.S. for better jobs and economic opportunities or to provide a better life for their family and children;

Undocumented immigrants believe immigration reform is possible in 2013. 67 percent of Latino undocumented immigrants indicated being more optimistic that comprehensive immigration reform will get done this year than in years past;

Undocumented immigrants are incorporated into the American economy. Large majorities (71 percent) are in households that own cars, and 15 percent reported owning their home. Undocumented immigrants come to this country young. 81 percent of all undocumented respondents arrived at or below 30 years of age, with nearly a quarter of undocumented persons arriving before the age of 18.

Additional data points will be released later this week. More information about the poll can be found on the Latino Decisions website.

KJ

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