Saturday, May 18, 2024

New Study on Immigrant “Generations” Cannot be Ignored by Republicans

blog post 6.12

First- and second-generation Latino immigrants are increasingly more likely to vote in elections than third-generation immigrants. Moreover, second-generation immigrants are the fastest-growing Latino demographic, according to the Center for American Progress’ study, underscoring the need for Republicans and Democrats alike to recognize this powerful emerging voting bloc.

“Second-generation immigrants are the driving force behind the growth of the Latino electorate,” the study finds. Furthermore, between 2012 and 2016, “3.3 million Latino U.S. citizens will turn 18: nearly 60% come from immigrant households.”

Looking at the long-term picture, the fact that second-generation voters are more likely to vote and are the fastest-growing Latino generation will  ensure that Latino issues will be increasingly important in future elections.

Another important aspect of predicting voter turnout depends on what is at stake. The study finds that 68 percent of second-generation Latino voters have either a close friend or relative who is an undocumented immigrant. Therefore issues such as healthcare and immigration reform are of particular significance to these voters since they will personally feel the effects of their vote.

There may not be a convenient time to overhaul America’s immigration system, but if Republicans continue on the path of ignoring this growing problem and the influence of the Latino vote, they will soon find themselves out of touch with the needs of Latinos and out of luck at the ballot box.