Janelle Wong is an Associate Professor of American Studies and the Director of Asian American Studies at University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Her research focuses on race, immigration, and political mobilization. Dr. Wong is the author of Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. She is currently working on a book about the impact Asian American and Latino evangelical Christians will have on the traditional conservative Christian movement and immigrant political participation. Recently, PRRI had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Wong in depth about some of the 2014 American Values Survey’s findings on Asian Americans.
This week’s graphic, using data from PRRI’s Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey, illustrates the overall consensus among Americans on how the immigration system should deal with illegal immigrants, which crosses party lines. Majorities of Democrats (71%), independents (64%), and Republicans (53%) all agree that illegal immigrants should be permitted to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements. Members of the Tea Party stand out as the only political group in which a majority do not favor an earned path to citizenship.