Friday, August 19, 2005

Latinos not happy about illegal immigration.

Politics: This is only a shock if you hold the idiotic view that Latinos are some monolithtic group who wouldn't mind illegals crossing the border unchecked.

"....80 percent of Latinos said immigrants strengthen the country. Within that group, how ever, more foreign-born supported that view (89 percent) than U.S.-born (65 percent). A third of U.S.-born Latinos said illegal immigrants hurt the economy by driving down wages, while just 15 percent of foreign-born Latinos felt that way. Bans on driver's licenses for illegal immi grants were widely approved by U.S.-born Latinos (about 60 percent), while just 29 per cent of foreign-born Latinos favored such restrictions. Robert Suro, director of the Pew Hispanic Center, which con ducted the survey of 2,400 adults in Mexico, said the disparities also underscore the differences be tween most first-generation immi grants and their offspring. "You move further from the im migrant experience. It's less in your life it's in your parents' or your grandparents' life so there's less of an immediate sym pathy. It's a somewhat different world with different concerns," he said. Jones-Correa called it "a sign of incorporation, of assimilation," among U.S.-born Latinos. "They're reflecting the kinds of views of American society more broadly." But noting that in a 2004 survey of all Americans only 45 percent reported a favorable view of immi grants, Suro said U.S.-born Lati nos still have more positive out looks than the general population. "What you're seeing is an over all positive feeling, but it's not au tomatic and it's not universal," he said. "These two important parts of Latino population are sort of go ing in opposite directions." Ira Mehlman, media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advo cates restrictions on all immigra tion and tougher measures to com bat illegal immigration, said he isn't surprised by the differing generational attitudes. "In general, most American-born citizens understand that mass immigration has an impact on their daily lives," he said. "Probably Hispanic-Americans more so than most because more often illegal immigrants move into their neighborhoods."

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