Unlawful Reentry Drives Growth
Between 1992 and 2012, the number of offenders sentenced in federal courts more than doubled, driven largely by a 28-fold increase in the number of unlawful reentry convictions. As unlawful reentry convictions increased, the demographics of sentenced offenders changed. In 1992, Latinos made up 23% of sentenced offenders. By 2012, they made up 48%. The share of offenders who did not hold U.S. citizenship increased over the same period too—from 22% to 46%. Nearly all of those sentenced for unlawful reentry in federal courts in 2012 received a prison sentence.
A Survey of Hispanics and Asian Americans
While lopsided majorities of Hispanics and Asian Americans support creating a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, two new surveys also show that these groups believe it is more important for unauthorized immigrants to get relief from the threat of deportation. Hispanics and Asian Americans also say it is important that Congress pass new immigration legislation. If that does not happen, pluralities of both groups say Republicans in Congress would be mostly to blame, though at the same time sizeable minorities of each group say Democrats in Congress and President Obama would be responsible.
Trends in migration flows, the characteristics of the foreign-born population and attitudes towards immigration policy issues.
Reports and public opinion surveys examining the changing electoral participation and views of Latinos.
- Election Fact Sheets: Data on the size and social and economic characteristics of the Hispanic and non-Hispanic eligible voter populations. 2012 | 2010 | 2008
- Interactive: Mapping the Latino Electorate
- Inside the 2012 Latino Electorate
- Six Take-Aways from the Census Bureau’s Voting Report
- Politics and Race: Looking Ahead to 2060
- Latino Voters in the 2012 Election
- The Latino Vote in the 2010 Elections
- The Latino Electorate in 2010:
More Voters, More Non-Voters
The Hispanic Trends Project recently published “When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and their Views of Identity,” a report based on a nationwide survey that found most Hispanics don’t embrace the term “Hispanic.” And even fewer prefer the term “Latino.”
We then invited journalists, scholars and civic leaders to share their views about identity.
11.07.12 Latino Voters in the 2012 Election