A new poll shows that Hispanics are actually more concerned about illegal immigration than whites and blacks.
The poll, conducted by Gallup, found that 67 percent of Hispanics "worry a great deal or fair amount about illegal immigration," compared to 59 percent of whites and 57 percent of blacks who felt the same way about the issue in the 2012-17 time frame.
From 2006-2011, the percentage of those concerned about illegal immigration was greater:
- 69 percent of whites.
- 67 percent of Hispanics.
- 61 percent of blacks.
The numbers were lower between 2001-2005:
- 61 percent of Hispanics.
- 57 percent of blacks.
- 56 percent of whites.
Among political parties, Republicans were easily the most concerned about illegal immigration at 79 percent, followed by Independents at 58 percent and Democrats at 48 percent. From 2006-2011, those numbers were at 78 percent, 67 percent and 60 percent and in 2001-2005 they were 58 percent, 55 percent and 56 percent, respectively.
Overall, 59 percent of Americans said they were concerned about illegal immigration in 2017, a decline from 72 percent in 2007.
Gallup speculates that the reason for high amounts of concern about illegal immigration among Hispanics is due to "worries about the treatment of immigrants who are illegally in the U.S.":
Hispanics have shown higher support for policies to aid immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, including President Barack Obama's 2014 executive orders. Gallup has also found much higher levels of reported discrimination among non-U.S.-born Hispanics than among native-born Hispanics. Hispanics may be growing more concerned in reaction to the increased focus on dealing with immigrants in the country illegally, which could affect themselves, their family members or their neighbors.
It would certainly follow that Hispanics would be concerned about illegal immigration given that the president campaigned on building a wall on the southern border and implementing mass deportations. As the Trump agenda unfolds, that number may increase among Hispanics.
(H/T: Washington Examiner)