Immigration policy doesn’t even rank among the top three political issues that Hispanics care about most, according to a recent Pew Research poll. This is unexpected; Pundits have long treated immigration not just as the most important issue for Hispanic voters, but often as the only important issue. Pew reports:
[W]hen Pew Research Center has surveyed the Hispanic community, there are several issues that consistently rank higher on the list than immigration. In 2013, some 57% of Hispanic registered voters called education an “extremely important” issue facing the nation today. That’s compared with jobs and the economy (52%) and health care (43%). Just 32% said immigration.
As one partial explanation of the surprising result, Pew notes that the Hispanic community has an especially large percentage of young people—fully a third are under 18. This goes a long way towards explaining this group’s focus on education.A related and similarly interesting Pew survey, this time of Hispanics and Asian Americans, reveals that as far as immigration reform policy is a priority, those groups care more about stopping deportations than about opening up an easier path to citizenship.