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Survey: Immigration debate energizing Latinos

A new survey by the Pew Hispanic Center shows Latinos feel more politically energized and unified following the immigration debate and pro-immigration marches this spring. But there are also concerns.

A new survey by the Pew Hispanic Center shows Latinos feel more politically energized and unified following the immigration debate and pro-immigration marches this spring. But there are also concerns. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

More than half of Latinos surveyed say discrimination has increased because of the immigration debate. To some extent they're holding the Republicans responsible. And three-quarters of those polled say the debate will motivate more Latinos to vote in November's election.

Roberto Suro who directs the Pew Hispanic Center says this doesn't mean gains for the Democrats.

Suro: "Whatever risk there is to the Republicans in these numbers is mitigated by the fact that the Democrats aren't gaining and don't appear to have been able to exploit whatever animus developed about the Republican Party this spring."

Suro says a growing number of Latinos are dissatisfied with both parties. The survey shows Latino support for the Democrats has slipped slightly over the years. The Republicans meanwhile show no significant gains. Amy Isackson, KPBS news.

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