RNC Says Border First Needs to Be Secured, Then ‘Next Steps Can Be Taken’ | TheBlaze.com


RNC Says Border First Needs to Be Secured, Then ‘Next Steps Can Be Taken’ | TheBlaze.com

A Pew Research Center poll found that 49 percent of Latino voters identified the economy as the number one issue, while health care was a distant second at 24 percent. Third on the list was immigration, with just 16 percent calling it the most important issue. A majority of 54 percent said a candidate’s position on immigration is not a deal breaker. However, the same poll also said 66 percent of Latino voters say passing immigration legislation is extremely important to them.

The National Council of La Raza, a liberal Hispanic group, cites a Latino Decisions poll on election eve that says immigration is the top issue, with 45 percent of Hispanic voter, while the economy trails at 34 percent.

“This is a call to action for both parties,” NCLR president Janet Murguía said in a statement after the election. “We fully expect the president to act boldly, but that action should spur Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform at long last. It’s not an either/or situation. For the good of the nation, we need both the president and Congress to act now. Latinos will expect the GOP to use its majority position to not only make inroads with our community but, most importantly, do what’s in the best interest of our country.”

As far as the 2016 presidential race goes, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a 64 percent favorable rating in the Latino Decisions poll. The four top Republicans among Hispanic voters don’t break 40 percent, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush getting a 34 percent favorable rating, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio getting a 31 percent favorable rating and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz getting a 30 percent favorable rating. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul gets only 21 percent favorable, according to the Latino Decisions poll.

But noteworthy is that Rubio; a co-sponsor of the immigration bill that passed the Senate in 2013 is essentially tied with Cruz who staunchly opposed it. Neither is far behind Bush, who has spoken out in favor of immigration reform this year.

The Latinos Decision poll found that 37 percent voted to “support the Latino community” while 34 percent voted to “support the Democrats.” Asked if Democrats care about Latinos, 48 percent said yes, while a combined 36 percent said that Democrats either don’t care or are hostile.

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