Immigration Fact of the Week: Citizenship vs. Relief from Deportation

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Is citizenship the most important issue for immigrants living in the U.S.?


No, relief from the threat of deportation is most important to both Hispanic immigrants and to Asian immigrants.

According to a recent report by the Pew Research Center, Hispanics emphasize deportation relief over citizenship by a margin of 55 percent to 35 percent. Where Asian Americans are concerned, 49 percent want to make deportation relief a top priority compared to 44 percent who want to prioritize citizenship.

Hispanics and Asian Americans account for two-thirds of the 28 million immigrants in the U.S. legally. According to Pew, three-fourths of the additional 11.7 million immigrants living in the U.S. are undocumented.