Who Belongs? Millennial Attitudes on Immigration

Who Belongs? Millennial Attitudes on Immigration

More than three-quarters of millennials agree that undocumented immigrants who meet eligibility requirements for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should be allowed to gain U.S. citizenship, a survey by the GenForward Project at the University of Chicago finds. Based on interviews with nearly nineteen hundred individuals between the ages of 18 and 34, the report, Who Belongs? Millennial Attitudes on Immigration (35 pages, PDF), found that 66 percent of interviewees who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election supported a pathway to citizenship for DACA-eligible immigrants, while 64 percent supported the idea of deporting all undocumented immigrants. Nearly half (49 percent) of Latino/a millennials in the survey said they worried that a family member, close friend, or they themselves might be deported, compared with 25 percent of Asian-American, 21 percent of African-American, and 10 percent of white respondents. The survey also found that 86 percent of white millennials reported feeling that they were full and equal citizens of the United States, while only 56 percent of African Americans and 68 percent of Asian Americans and Latino/as said the same.