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http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-10-28-illegal-immigrants-hispanics_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

Quote from: USAToday.com
By Alan Gomez, USA TODAY
Hispanics are growing more divided about how they view illegal immigration, and native-born Hispanics aren't as convinced of the contributions of illegal immigrants as they used to be, according to a study released Thursday.

Hispanics are split when asked to assess the effect of illegal immigration on Hispanics living in the United States: 29% say it has had a positive impact, 31% negative and 30% believe it made no difference, according to the study by the non-partisan Pew Hispanic Center. That is a sharp decline from a 2007 survey, when 50% of Hispanics said illegal immigrants were having a positive impact.

The study finds a split between Hispanics born in the USA and those from elsewhere. Asked whether immigrants are a strength for the country, 69% of native-born Hispanics agreed, compared with 85% of new arrivals.

Bob Dane, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates less legal and illegal immigration, said he is disturbed that Hispanics who call illegal immigration a burden on Americans still oppose limiting immigration.

The study found 53% of Hispanics believe illegal immigrants should pay a small fine but not be deported; 28% say illegal immigrants should not face any punishment.

Dane said that attitude stems from Hispanic organizations trying to "blur the line" between legal and illegal immigration and painting efforts to curtail illegal immigration as "discriminatory and draconian."

"Over time, I think we will see a narrowing of that gap between their recognition of the problem and their opposition to the solution," he said.

Lisa Navarrete of the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights group, said the survey does not mean Hispanic immigrants with legal standing are turning against illegal immigrants. Instead, she said, it shows that the controversy over illegal immigration has hurt all Hispanics, who feel targeted.

"It's not that people are angry at the immigrants themselves, but they are concerned over the impact the uproar is having on their lives," Navarrete said.

Mark Lopez, co-author of the report, said the apparent discrepancy between seeing illegal immigration as having a negative effect yet opposing anti-immigration efforts mirrors the complicated opinions of most Americans. He said polls show that most Americans support an Arizona law cracking down on suspected illegal immigrants but also favor giving them a way to become legal.

The survey of 1,375 Hispanic adults was done in English and Spanish Aug. 17 to Sept. 19. Margin of error: +/3.3 percentage points.