Posted on August 16, 2005

Majority of Hispanics Born in U.S. Don’t Think Illegal Immigrants Should Get Drivers’ Licenses

Conservative Voice, Aug. 16

A majority of Hispanics born in the United States don’t think illegal Hispanic immigrants should be given drivers’ licenses, according to a new poll.

Most foreign-born Hispanics disagree, according to the polling for the Pew Hispanic Center.

Six in 10 Hispanics born in this country approve of measures to prohibit illegal immigrants from getting drivers’ licenses, while two-thirds born in another country disapprove of such measures.

The difference between foreign-born Hispanics and native-born Hispanics on the driver’s license issue highlights the disparity between the two groups on several issues.

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Most Hispanics feel the number of immigrants coming in the country should stay the same or be reduced, with only a third saying the numbers should increase, according to the poll done for Pew and another done for Time Magazine.

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Almost half of Mexicans, 46 percent, surveyed in May said they would go to the U.S. if they could. About two in five said they would be inclined to go live and work in the U.S. without authorization.

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