First, yeah, I know … More “Latino” references.
Second, what exactly do these people pushing the “undocumented worker” meme think? That everyone in Arizona supporting Gov. Jan Brewer’s re-election and agreeing with her on AZ SB 1070 are all white? And do they really believe other states with heavy “Hispanic” LEGAL populations just agreed with illegal aliens invading this country simply because they were the same ‘race’? This effects them and their communities too. Not only that, but I have to believe they feel a bit unjustly put on the spot, not by such laws as AZ SB 1070, but by those who come across the border and commit crimes, strain the system and create so much heated controversy that has the ignorant MSM and politicians wrongly grouping citizens and illegal aliens together simply by their ethnicity. This was put on display recently with Obama’s ‘calling-out’ of “Latinos” to “punish our enemies”. And now he tries to walk-it-back. Sure. Damage is done.
A new study shows Latinos have soured considerably on illegal immigration in the last three years.
In 2007, 50percent of Latinos surveyed told the Pew Hispanic Center that the growing number of illegal immigrants was a positive force for the existing Latino population. In a Pew survey released Thursday, that number had plummeted to 29percent.
Thirty-one percent said illegal immigration had a negative effect, and 20percent said it had no effect.
While the wording of the question changed slightly in 2010 – striking the phrase “growing number” to reflect studies that show illegal immigration declining – several local advocates on different sides of the issue called the change in perception unsurprising.
Those Inland Empire voices diverged significantly, however, when it came to explaining the shift and what it means for immigration policy.
Raymond Herrera, president and founder of a Claremont-based group called We the People, California’s Crusader, said political will has been shifting since 2004.
Herrera said that’s when activists like him began loudly calling for reform, slowly building what he said is a national consensus that illegal immigrants should be deported.
“The Minutemen stood up six years ago and brought the awareness level to the American people,” he said. “It is now at an apex where … enough people have had their American dream stolen (by illegal immigrants).”
Political and economic factors often shift Latino opinions of immigration, noted Cherstin Lyon, who studies at Cal State San Bernardino.
“Mexican-American populations have been divided throughout the 20thcentury, and (opinions) largely changed since the 1970s,” she said. “Most famously, Cesar Chavez came under intense attack from others within the Chicano movement because he … encouraged punishments of those hiring illegal immigrants.”
Lyon had not yet read the study but said crackdowns – such as Arizona’s S.B. 1070, which allows police to check immigration status if they suspect a person they’ve already stopped is in the country illegally – tend to encourage discrimination against Hispanic-looking people.
However, 34percent of Latinos said they, a family member or a close friend experienced discrimination because of their race or ethnic group in the last five years – up 2 percent from 2009, before Arizona’s law was proposed.
Pew surveyed 1,375 Latino adults in English and Spanish from Aug. 17 until Sept. 19.