50 years later, Americans give thumbs-up to immigration law that changed the nation
As Washington once again engages in a heated political battle over immigration policy, it’s worth reminding ourselves just how much the country and its politics have changed since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act — a law that dramatically changed the makeup of the nation.
Unauthorized Immigrants: Who they are and what the public thinks
Immigration continues to loom as a major issue in 2015, following President Obama’s executive actions last year expanding the number of undocumented immigrants permitted to work and stay in the U.S. A roundup of facts about unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. and public opinion.
Democratic Advantage Among Latinos Falls
Democrats maintain a wide, but diminished, advantage among Hispanic registered voters, 54% of whom say a candidate’s position on immigration is not a deal-breaker in determining their vote.
Hispanics split on how to address surge in Central American child migrants
About as many Hispanics support the current system for deciding immigration cases as do those expediting the process (49% – 47%), which would have the effect of speeding up deportations.
Tea Partiers are not all immigration hawks
Only a minority of Republican voters take a hard-line stance on immigration.
In Europe, sentiment against immigrants, minorities runs high
As the EU prepares for next week’s European Parliament elections, anti-immigrant and anti-minority sentiments are running high, providing a base for anti-immigration appeals by the political Right.
Key takeaways from the European Union survey
Disillusion with EU seems to be ending, but Europeans still think EU doesn’t listen, is out of touch, intrusive and inefficient.
The Next America
America is in the midst of two major changes to its population: We are becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Explore these shifts in our new interactive data essay.
Catholics, other Christians support immigration reform, but say faith plays small role
Three-quarters of American adults say that immigrants living in the United States illegally should be able to stay. Catholics as a whole closely resemble the general public on this view, though Hispanic Catholics are much more supportive than non-Hispanic white Catholics. Majorities of other religious groups also support allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in the country.
Americans split on deportations as Latinos press Obama on issue
The White House is under pressure from Democrats and Latino leaders to ease deportations, as the number of unauthorized immigrants sent home neared 2 million under the Obama administration. Last week, National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguía called the president the “deporter-in-chief.”