In a recent poll released by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, African Americans are now showing support in legislation to refurbish the immigration system in the United States.
According to Lake Research Partners, who polled more than 800 African Americans, 66 percent are in favor of a reform proposal that would include citizenship for immigrants.
Voters were still supportive of the new form even when presented with the potential possibility of immigrants taking away jobs from African Americans.
“When nativists sow this sentiment among Whites, it tends to be discounted and rightly treated as extremism,” Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights president and CEO Wade Henderson said. “But when they sow it among African Americans, the resulting sentiment tends to be overvalued and treated as an essential part of the discussion — instead of being recognized as a cynical attempt to pit two vulnerable minority communities against one another.”