Over the past few weeks, right-wing proponents of Arizona’s draconian immigration law — ranging from senatorial candidates Marco Rubio (R-FL) and J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and lawyer Kris Kobach –have attempted to suggest that the majority of Latinos in the state support its implementation.
Watch a compilation of their remarks:
Suggesting that most Latinos support a law that will likely exacerbate racial profiling and civil rights abuses doesn’t just fly in the face of the very visible Latino-led backlash against SB-1070, it’s also factually incorrect. This morning, the nation’s largest Spanish-language newspaper , La Opinion, reported that 70 percent of Arizona Latinos “strongly oppose” SB-1070 and 11 percent “somewhat oppose” it. The study, conducted by Arizona State University, showed that only 12 percent of Arizona’s Latinos strongly support the law. Opposition to the law also isn’t limited to recent Latino immigrants who are potentially unable to vote. Approximately 82-67 percent of second, third, and fourth generation Latinos also oppose SB-1070:
It’s unclear where proponents of SB-1070 got the idea that most Arizona Latinos support their effort. A Rasmussen poll released on April 21 showed that 70 percent of all Arizonans support legislation that would let police stop and check the status of suspected undocumented immigrants. Rasmussen didn’t isolate its data to Latinos, and it appears many just assumed that the 63 percent who opposed the bill and racially identified themselves as “other” must correspond to the Latino population.
Arizona state Sen. Russell Pierce (R) took an even bigger leap and assumed that since 60 percent of Latinos supported other anti-immigrant ballot initiatives of his in 2006, that must mean that they support SB-1070 — a much harsher measure — four years later.
On the national level, polls show that an overwhelming majority Latinos across the nation support comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level. Eighty-seven percent of Latino respondents said they would not consider voting for a Congressional candidate who was in favor of forcing most of the undocumented population to leave the country. A new poll released this week also reveals that the percentage of all Arizonans who support SB-1070 has fallen from 70 percent to 52 percent.