For Immediate Release: Nov. 24, 2014
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Voters Across the Nation Reject Republican Efforts to Block Deportation Relief
U.S. – A national poll of Latino voters found 89% support for President Obama’s use of Executive Authority on immigration. The poll was conducted November 20-22, coinciding with the news of President Obama’s policy announcement, and was conducted by Latino Decisions and commissioned by Presente.org in partnership with NALACC and Mi Familia Vota
The findings come as Republicans threaten to derail the relief for almost five million immigrants through lawsuits or defunding the program and risking a government shutdown. In the poll, 80 percent of Latino voters say they are opposed to congressional Republicans’ plans to block executive action by defunding programs that would support it.
The Latino Decisions study also showed that if Congress fails to pass immigration reform legislation, 73 percent of Latino voters surveyed said they want to see more presidential executive action to protect additional immigrants. Survey toplines available here, and presentation slide deck available here.
Statement by Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org
“Republicans don’t realize that this was not a victory for President Obama and the Democrats. This was a resounding victory for the grassroots, for immigrants and Latino families. And this poll sends a powerful message to Congress from Latino voters. Either do your job, legislate humane reform for all 11 million undocumented immigrants or we will continue to fight for more executive actions that finish the deal. With the community behind us, as attested by 89% of Latinos polled, we will stand in unity and do anything within our power to defend current and future executive actions that protect the undocumented community.”
Statement by Oscar Chacon, Executive Director of NALACC
“Not only did this poll find overwhelming support by Latino voters for the executive action on immigration announced by President Obama last week, but it also found that immigration issues are close and personal to them, with 64% of respondents reporting a personal relationship with someone who lacks immigration authorization. Latino voters now want the US Congress to do the right thing on immigration policy, but 73% would also support President Obama to continue to take executive actions in this area, if Congress fails to do so. Looking forward to elections in 2016, this poll also shows that Latino voters will look favorably on candidates ready to support humane, practical and bold solutions geared to providing immigration status for immigrants living in the U.S. without authorization.”
Statement by Ben Monterroso, Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota
“The president’s decision is supported by almost 9 out of 10 Latino voters. This is the most united Latino voters have been on any issue during the Obama years. We will work hard to defend the gains that our movement has made with the president’s decision. We will make sure that our community learns how to apply for the new program. We will make sure they know who is trying to block it. And we will take those names to the voters in 2016. Congress can pass a comprehensive immigration bill that meets the needs of Latinos and immigrant communities, or it can suffer the consequences in 2016. It’s as simple as that.”
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Latino Decisions is the leader in Latino political opinion research. Founded by professors of political science,Dr. Gary M. Segura and Dr. Matt Barreto, our firm leverages a unique combination of analytical expertise and cultural competencies that are unparalleled in the industry. The Latino Decisions team is comprised exclusively of credentialed research scientists with established publication records, rigorous methodological training, and experience with large-scale collaborative research projects.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group with more than 300,000 members, all working to amplify the political voice of Latino communities.
The National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities is a network of approximately 75 community-based organizations led by Latin American and Caribbean immigrants.
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVEF) is a national non-profit organization working to unite the Latino community and its allies to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation.