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POLL FINDS DC HISPANIC IMMIGRANTS DISGRUNTLED ON HOW CONGRESS HANDLED IMMIGRATION DEBATE

Wednesday, September 05, 2007  
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For Immediate Release                                     Contact:           Mercy Viana Schlapp

September 5, 2007                                                                  703-470-4794

 

 

POLL FINDS DC HISPANIC IMMIGRANTS DISGRUNTLED ON HOW CONGRESS HANDLED IMMIGRATION DEBATE

Hispanics split on whether elected officials share their concerns.

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) and Ayuda, Inc. present the findings of a recent survey about the opinions of Hispanic immigrants in the Washington Metropolitan area.  The survey illustrates that DC Hispanic immigrants across the political spectrum are unified in their opposition to Congress’ handling of the immigration debate. 

 

Even in a primarily liberal urban area, the survey showed that a majority of DC Hispanic immigrants do not align themselves to the Democratic Party, overwhelmingly oppose legal abortion and believe in the importance of regularly attending church services.  These conservative trends provide an interesting picture of today’s Hispanic immigrant in the Washington, DC area. 

"The joint CHLI-Ayuda survey highlights the growing desire of the local Hispanic immigrant community to integrate itself into our national fabric, while at the same time preserving their strong family values, work ethic and sense of identity.” stated Octavio Hinojosa, CHLI Executive Director, "Local governments should do more in welcoming such individuals rather than legislating local ordinances that do the contrary.”

 

"Due to Ayuda’s long history of serving local immigrant communities, the results of this survey are not a surprise to us.” stated Mauricio Vivero, Ayuda, Inc. Executive Director.
"They simply confirm that Latino immigrants share the values and dreams of all other immigrant groups in America’s history: they want to learn English, work lawfully, participate in the American political process, and become American citizens.”  

 

Among the key finds of the survey, the Hispanic immigrants showed:

 

STRONG ALLEGIANCE TO THE UNITED STATES: 

  • 95% Hispanic immigrants show a strong allegiance to the United States.
  • 93% plan to become U.S. citizens.
  • 95% agreed that it is important for Hispanics to learn English.

 

 

 

CONSERVATIVE THINKING DESPITE POLITICAL IDEOLOGY

  • Collectively, these respondents strongly oppose abortion (83%), even among liberals, 60% oppose abortion.
  • 85% agree on self reliance and not on relying on the government. 
  • Only 18% describe themselves as liberal.


KNOWLEDGE OF POLITICAL ISSUES

  • Like the country at large, two-thirds (67%) think the country is headed in the wrong direction.
  • 74% say Congress is doing a poor job in handling immigration proposals.
  • 49% do not believe most elected officials in the United States care about what Hispanic immigrants think.

 

The CHLI-Ayuda, Inc. study was conducted by Impacto Group LLC on July 7, 2007. The study consisted of 279 one-on-one interviews among immigrants of Hispanic descent who live in the Washington, DC area.  A majority of the interviews were conducted in Spanish.

 

For more information, visit www.chli.orgor contact Octavio Hinojosa at 202-429-2033.

 

Established in 2003, CHLI works to promote new and alternative approaches to challenges faced by the 44 million Hispanic and Portuguese Americans living in the United States today. Through educational partnerships, leadership programs, academic seminars and other events, CHLI provides opportunities for discussion and exploration of strategic solutions which benefit both the U.S. Hispanic community and the nation as a whole. Please visit www.chli.org.

 

Ayuda is the D.C. area’s leading source of multilingual legal and social assistance for low-income immigrants in the areas of immigration, human trafficking, domestic violence, and family law. In our 34 years of service to the immigrant community, we have improved the ability of our clients to live safe, violence-free lives and become fully participating members of our society.  Please visit www.ayudainc.org.   
 
For the results of the survey click here /resource/resmgr/chli_ayuda_slides_for_press.pdf.

 

 

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