Latinos, Whites Split on Immigrant Laws Ok’d by Brown

Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, November 8, 2013

California voters are generally welcoming toward immigrants who are in the country illegally, but a wide gap exists between whites and Latinos on some new laws hailed by Gov. Jerry Brown when he signed them last month, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

The groups differ most on allowing immigrants without legal status to obtain driver’s licenses and practice law.

Nearly 69% of Latino voters but only 44% of whites support the new driving privilege law. The split was sharper on whether those who are in the country illegally should be allowed to become attorneys, with 65% of Latino voters in favor but only 26% of whites.

Neither law gained majority support among all voters.

To win over a growing Latino electorate, California politicians will continue to push for immigrant-friendly legislation, analysts predicted. The poll shows that 61% of Latinos approve of Brown’s performance, compared with 51% of whites.


Brown signed 11 immigrant-related measures this fall, but none generated as much controversy as the long-debated driver’s license bill. The licenses will be marked “DP,” for driving privilege.

Overall, 49% support the license law, with 47% opposed. Support was greater for granting licenses without a distinguishing mark, with 51% in favor, 46% opposed.

A decade ago, polls showed that most California voters disapproved of driver’s licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally, an issue that contributed to Gov. Gray Davis’ recall. But the state’s demographics have shifted, with Latinos now making up 23% of voters. Whites are also more likely to support the licenses than they were in the past.


As a group, white voters are still less enthusiastic about pro-immigrant measures than Latinos are, drawing the line at rights they see as reserved for citizens.


Two-thirds of white voters are opposed to allowing holders of green cards to serve on juries, with 44% of Latinos opposed. Overall, only 35% of voters supported the measure, which was vetoed by Brown. A majority of whites support a new law allowing those with green cards to serve as poll workers.

More than 50% of Latino voters but only 44% of white voters support the Trust Act, which limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. Overall, 48% of voters approve of the law, which Brown signed after vetoing a similar measure last year.


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  • Latinos now making up 23% of voters

    Don’t gloss over that. Hispanics are almost an outright majority in Mexifornia, yet are only 23% of the state’s voters.

    Whites are also more likely to support the licenses than they were in the past.

    That’s because the white Californians of the past that opposed illegal alien drivers’ licenses are now living in Arizona, Idaho, Texas, because it’s too expensive to raise a family in Aztlan.

    • Pro_Whitey

      I agree. The problem in Cali, as Steve Sailer has pointed out, is that whites don’t have sufficient racial solidarity in voting. That’s what truly makes the difference between Cali and Texas, that whites in Texas vote more as a bloc.

      • Jefferson

        Something about having Southern redneck accent that makes a White American more racially aware.

      • Because the whites who would have contributed to racial solidarity in voting were driven out by crime, bad non-white public schools, insufferable political trends and the cost of living.

      • NM156

        Steve Sailer must be one of the few white people in California whose brain isn’t addled. Ever been there? The great majority of white Californians have a screw loose. You’d think the Okies would have left behind some common sense, but no trace survives.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Bring it on, I’ll be here waiting with my surfboard in one hand and a shotgun in the other.

    • NM156

      SCS, what’s your family’s history in CA, if I may ask?

    • Brian

      Sounds like the basis of a good song there.

  • bigone4u

    Illegals should not be living in the US, much less driving in the US. The logic of giving them benefits, including driver’s licenses, escapes me no matter how hard I try to justify it. I wonder what the accident rate is among these parasites and how often they hit and then high tail it away from an accident.

  • Spartacus

    “The poll shows that 61% of Latinos approve of Brown’s performance, compared with 51% of whites.”


    I wonder how many of those “Whites” are arabs, jews, mestizos, etc.

    • Extropico

      Ad additional divisive factor in CA is that many of the Whites would be putative Catholics who may empathize with Catholic Hispanics.

      • Pelagian

        maybe. But my first thought was ultra liberals from Northern California.

        • Extropico

          Definitely. I can recall walking the campus at the University of San Diego, a Catholic institution, and seeing all the signs for open borders and amnesty. And the Los Angeles Diocese openly advocates amnesty.

  • IstvanIN

    I am sure the Japanese and Chinese in Manchuria were divided about the occupation as well.

  • JohnEngelman

    What part of the word “illegal” don’t they understand?

    • Blue-eyed Devil

      They believe we stole California from them and they are now taking it back.

      • Extropico

        Only a small percentage are true believers on that. Northern Mexico in 1800 was very sparsely populated and owned in huge tracts by very White Iberian descendants, some of whom were titled royalty.

        And what would be the excuse of all the Central American invaders who are just as adamant…..

      • JohnEngelman

        If the Mexican War had never happened, California would be as big a mess as Mexico. Mexicans would be trying to immigrate from California into the United States.

        • Blue-eyed Devil

          Excellent point, John. Mexicans always follow Whites. I think if we all moved to Mars they would try to build a crude spaceship and follow us there, too.

    • Blue-eyed Devil

      All three syllables

  • ViktorNN

    Few issues eat away at the legitimacy of the current political order than illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is deeply unpopular, and always has been for decades now. We’ve been betrayed by a political class that flat out doesn’t care what the majority wants. Jerry Brown and any Dem who agrees with his views on illegals will NEVER get my vote.

  • mobilebay

    “California voters are generally welcoming toward ‘immigrants’ who are in the country illegally…” Why not say, “California voters welcome criminals who sneak in to take jobs, crowd our schools and hospitals, line up for handouts, impose their culture and language on this nation and go on to bigger and better crimes?” Surely there is someone in that once-shining state with an ounce of sense. Anybody?

    • Blue-eyed Devil


  • Blue-eyed Devil

    Please feel sorry for me. I’m a White Californian. I’m completely surrounded by Mexicans. I feel like William Travis at the Alamo.

    • mobilebay

      Good analogy, Devil, but let’s hope it ends up like the battle of San Jacinto.

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    I wish Pete Wilson was still running things. He wouldn’t put up with this stuff.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Illegal aliens as attorneys.

    Probably organizing ‘swoop and squat scams’.

    • Blue-eyed Devil

      “Your honor, I Juan Miguel Garcia Gonzalez, am representing the defendant, Jose Rodolfo Lopez Martinez”.