Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Pew Hispanic Center: As Deportations Rise to Record Levels, Most Latinos Oppose President's Policy

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Pew Hispanic Center: As Deportations Rise to Record Levels, Most Latinos Oppose President's Policy

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

By a ratio of more than 2-to-1 (59 percent vs. 27 percent), Latinos disapprove of the way the Obama administration is handling deportations of unauthorized immigrants, according to a national survey of Latino adults by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

Deportations have reached record levels under President Obama, rising to an annual average of nearly 400,000 since 2009, about 30 percent higher than the annual average during the second term of the Bush administration and about double the annual average during George W. Bush's first term.

More than eight in 10 (81 percent) of the nation's estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants are of Hispanic origin, according to Pew Hispanic Center estimates. Hispanics accounted for an even larger share of deportees in 2010 - 97 percent.

Not all Latinos are aware that the Obama administration has stepped up deportations of unauthorized immigrants. A plurality (41 percent) says that the Obama administration is deporting more unauthorized immigrants than the Bush administration. Slightly more than a third (36 percent) say the two administrations have deported about the same number of immigrants. …

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