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New Poll Shows Immigration Reform Tops Among Latinos

7/24/2013

A new poll shows Latinos in Indiana and across the nation plan to vote with immigration reform among their top priorities.

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The poll by Latino Decisions and America's Voice finds that 70 percent of Latinos in 24 Republican-held battleground districts across America are supporting candidates based on where they stand on immigration reform.

Indiana University Political Science Professor Dr. Bernard Fraga says Indiana's second congressional district is one of the districts in question. Fraga says U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski's district in Elkhart County has a large Latino population and he believes immigration reform could be the pivotal issue that determines her political future. Fraga says she won by four thousand votes in 2012.

Fraga says immigration reform remains a stronger issue in the border states, but he adds that the Latino population in Indiana has grown by 84 percent in the past decade. He says many Latinos in question don't yet have voting rights, but they likely will in the future. Fraga says Latinos are willing to support Republican candidates, but they're demanding comprehensive immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship.

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