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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The Politics of New Immigrants

Under current law, more than one million new legal immigrants come in every year. CBO projections indicate that amnesty plus its scheduled increases in legal immigration will add an additional 4.6 million new voters by 2014. Immigration will add five million more potential voting-age citizens between 2014 and 2024. This large-scale immigration has created a greatly expanded leftist Democratic electorate. An enormous body of survey research shows that large majorities of these recent immigrants, who are mostly Hispanic and Asian, hold liberal views on most policy issues, and therefore vote Democratic two-to-one. They are not motivated by whether public officials are pro- or anti-amnesty; they are motivated by economic issues.

The 2008 National Annenberg Election Survey found that 62% of immigrants prefer a single government-run healthcare system. The 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study found that 69% of immigrants support Obamacare, and the Pew Research Center found that 75% of Hispanic and 55% of Asian immigrants support bigger government.

Here is another way that recent immigrants are different from native Americans. A Harris poll found that 81% of native-born Americans believe the schools should teach students to be proud of being American, but only 50% of immigrants who had become naturalized U.S. citizens agreed with that. And get this: Only 37% of naturalized citizens (compared to 67% of native-born citizens) think our Constitution is a higher legal authority than international law.

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