Archive for Friday, October 29, 2010

More Latinos in U.S. say they are victims of discrimination

October 29, 2010


Nearly two thirds of Latinos in the United States think they are being discriminated against, and a plurality believe the backlash over illegal immigration is the central driver of such bias.

“More Latinos are seeing discrimination against Hispanics as a major problem,” said Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center, which released the results of a nationwide survey of Latinos on Thursday.

The results of the survey — which was conducted in both English and Spanish among 1,375 native- and foreign-born Latinos from Aug. 17 through Sept. 19 — come just days before midterm elections in which Latinos are expected to play an important role, particularly in the Florida gubernatorial race and the Nevada Senate contest between Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid and tea party favorite Sharron Angle.

Angle has come under fire for running ads in recent weeks that paint Latinos as menacing interlopers.

More than half of all Latinos told Pew pollsters that they were worried that family members, close friends or they themselves could be deported — a measure of how deeply the issue of illegal immigration cuts across the 47 million-strong U.S. Latino community.

Significantly more Latinos than in past surveys say that illegal immigrants are having a negative impact on Latinos, a measure of how the issue is simultaneously stirring and dividing the community.


Tom Shewmon 7 years, 3 months ago

And we have a president who tells them to vote against their "enemies". Post-racial? Sure.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 3 months ago

"Post-racial? "

The Tea Party, Fox News and you, Tom, are clear indications that we are not.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 3 months ago

This is the fastest growing voting block. You might want to be a little more careful about aggravating them.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 3 months ago

I was talking about Latino citizens, not illegals. This is the kind of discrimination the article refers to.All Latinos are not Hispanic. And not all Hispanics are illegal. Illegal does not just refer to our brown skinned friends,although they seem to be the preferred target.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 3 months ago

In other news: "Hispanics are growing more divided about how they view illegal immigration, and native-born Hispanics aren't as convinced of the contributions of illegal immigrants as they used to be, according to a study released Thursday. Hispanics are split when asked to assess the effect of illegal immigration on Hispanics living in the United States: 29% say it has had a positive impact, 31% negative and 30% believe it made no difference, according to the study by the non-partisan Pew Hispanic Center. That is a sharp decline from a 2007 survey, when 50% of Hispanics said illegal immigrants were having a positive impact…”

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