Poll: Hispanics divided on border crisis

Poll: Hispanics divided on border crisis

As the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border remains unresolved with Congress preparing to go into recess, Hispanic voters are deeply divided over how the issue should be dealt with, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.

The survey, which was conducted from July 8-14 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points, found that 49 percent of Hispanic respondents support the current system of deciding illegal immigration cases, while 47 percent say the process should be sped up for the unaccompanied minors who have flooded the border.

Those who said the process should be expedited support it even if it means immigrants who are eligible for asylum will be deported back to their home countries.

The division among Hispanics creates an interesting situation for lawmakers in the nation’s capital. See, if Hispanics were unified on the issue, it would make it easy for lawmakers to take their cues on how to deal with the crisis from that voting bloc, possibly securing future votes and campaign donations. But as there’s a division among Hispanics, lawmakers now have to work their way through the crisis without any clues from a group that is deeply engaged in the issue.

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