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

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Question:

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

Answer:

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.