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U.S. Public, Latinos Differ on Arizona Immigration Law

Posted: Jun 25, 2012


The American public has consistently expressed support for the provision of Arizona's immigration law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court that requires police to verify the legal status of someone they have already stopped or arrested if they suspect the person is in the country illegally.

In a mid-June survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 58 percent of American adults say they approve of the 2010 Arizona law, while 38 percent say they disapprove.

Latinos take a sharply different view. Among them, the vast majority----75 percent----disapprove of the Arizona law while 21 percent say they approve, according to the Pew Research Center survey. This is relatively unchanged from 2010, when a Pew Hispanic Center survey revealed that 79 percent of Hispanics said they disapproved of the Arizona law.

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