Almost half the country views what has been a steady increase since 2010 of deportation of undocumented immigrants as a good thing, but the same number of people (45 percent) disagree, according to a survey released in late February by the Pew Research Center.
A record 419,384 unauthorized immigrants were deported from the United States in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The amount of undocumented immigrants being deported each year has more than doubled since 2002.
The new survey comes as the Republican House Speaker John Boehner has said broad immigration reform isn’t likely this year. Boehner met again with President Obama, also in late February, to discuss the issue.
Pew’s new polling confirms opinions on deportation are divided along partisan lines with more Republicans supporting the practice with Democrats less in favor.
The center also found that a sizable number of Hispanics (60 percent) view the rising number of deportations negatively, but whites are more likely to see the trend as positive. Deportation was identified as a good thing by 49 percent of whites, while 42 percent viewed it negatively.
Hispanics by 72 percent say it is extremely or very important for the president and Congress to pass new immigration legislation, compared with 49 percent of blacks and 44 percent of whites, according to the survey.
The Pew Hispanic Center estimated that undocumented immigrants constituted 3.6 percent of the Colorado’s population (180,000 people) in 2010, when the last decennial census was conducted.
Colorado joined a selective number of states to allow the group to obtain driver’s licenses and receive in-state tuition when lawmakers passed two bills during the 2013 state legislative session.