Pollster: NM a 'welcoming community' for immigrants - Albuquerque Journal

Pollster: NM a ‘welcoming community’ for immigrants

SANTA FE — New Mexico’s registered voters have a welcoming attitude toward immigrants and support a variety of immigrant-friendly policies, according to a poll released Monday by Somos Acción and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico.

The telephone and online survey was conducted by Gabriel Sanchez, a pollster for Latino Decisions and a professor at the University of New Mexico.

Among the findings, he said, are that 57 percent of registered voters say lawmakers should prohibit New Mexico government agencies from using state and local government resources to enforce federal immigration law and leave that work instead to federal authorities.

The groups that released the poll support similar legislation that’s moving forward in the state Senate. Senate Bill 196, sponsored by five Democratic lawmakers, would bar public agencies in New Mexico from spending money or using other resources to enforce federal immigration laws.

Sanchez said the poll included a sample of 732 registered voters who were interviewed from Jan. 3-16, he said. The margin of error is 3.7 percentage points.

The poll asked whether the voter believed the state should pass “a law that would prohibit New Mexico government agencies from using state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law and instead leave all immigration matters to the federal immigration authorities.”

The poll also found that voters agree that “long-time immigrant residents of New Mexico” should be able to have access to courthouses, legal services, and police and fire services.

“New Mexicans are a welcoming community,” Sanchez said.

Somos Acción is a sister organization of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, an immigrant and workers’ rights group.

Home » Legislature News » Pollster: NM a ‘welcoming community’ for immigrants


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Trump says FBI conducting search of Mar-a-Lago estate
Nation
Former President Donald Trump said in ... Former President Donald Trump said in a lengthy statement Monday that the FBI was conducting a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate. The circumstances were ...
2
How NM is looking to bring workers back
From the newspaper
Not a one-size-fits-all approach, state leaders ... Not a one-size-fits-all approach, state leaders say
3
APD seeking silver sedan in connection with murders of ...
ABQnews Seeker
Police said the vehicle officers are ... Police said the vehicle officers are looking for is a dark gray or silver, four-door Volkswagen, perhaps a Jetta or a Passat, with tinted ...
4
Olivia Newton-John, who played Sandy in 'Grease,' dies at ...
Most Recent Entertainment News
Olivia Newton-John, the Grammy-winning superstar who ... Olivia Newton-John, the Grammy-winning superstar who reigned on pop, country, adult contemporary and dance charts with such hits as 'Physical' and 'You're the One ...
5
Father, son get life for hate crime in Ahmaud ...
Nation
The white father and son who ... The white father and son who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia neighborhood each received a second life prison sentence Monday -- ...
6
'Courageous conversations' can transform community
Blogs
NMBLC emphasizes cultural vibrancy and positive ... NMBLC emphasizes cultural vibrancy and positive development
7
ABQ homicide detectives investigating fatal shooting
ABQnews Seeker
Albuquerque police are investigating after a ... Albuquerque police are investigating after a maintenance worker was killed Sunday night while doing a random check on vacant apartments in the complex where ...
8
US pledges $1 billion more rockets, other arms for ...
Nation
The Biden administration said Monday it ... The Biden administration said Monday it was shipping its biggest yet direct delivery of weapons to Ukraine as that country prepares for a potentially ...
9
MLK offramp gone; MVD out of envelopes
ABQnews Seeker
Northbound I-25 MLK exit permanently closed ... Northbound I-25 MLK exit permanently closed starting Monday
10
Senate Democrats pass budget package, a victory for Biden
AP Feeds
Democrats pushed their election-year economic package ... Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden's original domestic vision but one ...