Economy, Not Immigration, a Top Worry of Latinos

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: N.C. Aizenman

01/16/2009 - The immigration issue has receded in importance for Latinos amid their mounting alarm over the economy, according to a nationwide poll released yesterday by the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center.

Only 31 percent of Latinos surveyed cited immigration as an "extremely important" priority for the incoming Obama administration, ranking the issue behind not only the economy but education, health care, national security and the environment.

By contrast, 38 percent of Hispanics judged immigration "extremely important" in a similar poll taken in December 2007, several months after an unsuccessful proposal to overhaul the country's immigration system and offer illegal immigrants a path to citizenship sparked rancorous debate in Congress.

Read the full article Economy, Not Immigration, a Top Worry of Latinos on the Washington Post's Web site.

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