Contrary to the general opinion, for the Hispanics in the U.S. immigration is not the main concern. Stella M. Rouse, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, has collected and analyzed representative responses to the 2008 American National Election Study and concluded that Latinos consider other issues to be the most important.
Universal healthcare coverage is top concern for the largest ethnic group in the United States. The second most significant issue is government spending on social services, whereas immigration and more specifically the importance of providing citizenship for illegals takes the third position.
As regards the Latino representatives, their priorities are similar to those of their voters, indicating that there is a strong degree of coherence between electors and elected. Education is the main concern for Latino legislators in the U.S., closely followed by healthcare. The study reveals that only 8 percent of them consider immigration as the most important issue.
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