Overwhelming Support for Immigration Reform Among Latinos, Regardless of Party Affiliation

July 24 2013



Joseph Rendeiro
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Attendees polled at 2013 NCLR Annual Conference in New Orleans

As the fate of comprehensive immigration reform rests in the hands of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, a new straw poll of more than 1,000 attendees at the 2013 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference shows near-unanimous support for the passage of this legislation. Approximately 95 percent of respondents said it is important to them that immigration reform is passed in 2013, a sentiment that was shared regardless of political affiliation. Overall, 91 percent of Democrat, 90 percent of independent and 82 percent of Republican attendees see passage of legislation this year as very important.

“This survey echoes what we have seen in poll after poll—no matter their party ID, demographics or geography, Americans want their elected officials to fix the country’s broken immigration system and provide a roadmap to citizenship for aspiring Americans. America deserves a vote,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “Simply put, passing immigration reform this year is in the best interest of our country. This legislation will be a boon to our still-recovering economy and bring stability to the social fabric of our communities, as well as the American workforce.”

The straw poll, conducted in partnership with Lake Research Partners and Revolution Messaging via text message, also showed high levels of engagement with this issue among attendees. More than 60 percent of respondents are following how their members of Congress vote on immigration reform. And the political ramifications for members of Congress who fail to back comprehensive immigration reform are even clearer: 97 percent of attendees confirm that they will be more likely to support politicians who get in line behind this legislation.

“Latinos are watching what’s happening on Capitol Hill very closely. They will certainly remember who is fighting to preserve failed policies that serve no one, and who is working to serve our national interests by delivering an effective solution on immigration,” added Murguía. “We are a strong and growing political force in this country, and we are prepared to be the voice for those who are silenced by the fear and uncertainty of our broken immigration system. The Senate has provided a model for how to move forward on this issue through bipartisanship and compromise—it’s time for the House to follow suit.”

Latinos throughout the U.S. are calling and visiting their members of Congress and will continue to engage in a constant drumbeat of activity to push immigration reform to the finish line. Nearly half (47 percent) of attendees reported having already contacted their members of Congress to urge them to pass reform, and almost four in ten (37%) say they plan to do so.


Geography:California, Far West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Texas