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.