85% of Latinos Want All Immigrants Included In Next Stimulus Package, Poll Finds

At least 85 percent of Latinos believe all immigrants should be covered by any new stimulus package, including undocumented immigrants who pay taxes and U.S. citizen children who have undocumented parents, a new poll showed.

The SOMOS US, UnidosUS and MoveOn poll conducted by Latino Decisions also found that 88 percent of Latinos believe a second stimulus check should be authorized by Congress in coming weeks. About 31 percent of U.S. born Hispanics and 45 percent of immigrants saying they did not receive the first stimulus check.

"When you have a stimulus program that leaves out more than 30 percent of the members of our community, it's no surprise Latinos are feeling excluded," Henry R. Muńoz III, cofounder of SOMOS US, told Newsweek. "That's why they are strongly supporting the HEROES Act."

The poll, which was conducted from May 10 to May 16, comes as the House passed a massive $3 trillion HEROES Act package on May 15 to provide aid in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak. Their bill is not expected to pass in its current form after the Senate takes up further stimulus action later this spring.

The poll also found that 91 percent of Latinos want to see a small business and self-employment fund established for people who missed out on the first round of loans and want unemployment benefits expanded for those who lost their jobs.

Clarissa Martinez de Castro, Deputy Vice President at UnidosUS, said one purpose of commissioning the poll was because they determined that many people in the community were helping as essential workers in different fields, but still feeling financial needs due to the crisis.

"It's no surprise given the lack of reach of the stimulus to date that Latinos overwhelmingly support measures such as those in the HEROES Act to make resources available for disproportionately affected people, including immigrants and mixed-status families," she told Newsweek.

The poll also found that 76 percent of Latinos continue to support stay at home orders, while 81 percent say governors should listen to health experts concerning reopening plans, and not President Donald Trump. Two-thirds of Latinos also said that Trump ignored early warning signs, which led to more infections and deaths.

Latino Decisions pollster and co-founder Matt Barreto told Newsweek that his polling continues to show openings for Democrats due to Latinos not trusting Trump's crisis response, which he said the party has not fully taken advantage of yet. He added that the president's handling of the coronavirus is still viewed better by Latinos than Democrats would like, with some poll respondents "referring to the stimulus as 'the check from Trump.'"

"The Heroes Act could be a strong step for Democrats to have a chance to brand it as them being the ones fighting for the Latino community, especially because of portions in the bill relating to immigrants, which have strong support," Barreto said. "But they need to hear a consistent and strong message."

Republicans have said they support a "pause" in additional financial aid for Americans, as questions have arisen over the way in which already appropriated money is being doled out.

A Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday morning showed differing attitudes among U.S. adults as a whole, with 68% saying the federal government should provide medical care to undocumented immigrants who are ill due to coronavirus, but only 37% saying the government should offer economic help to undocumented immigrants who lost their job due to the crisis.

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People wait to be tested for COVID-19 at a mobile testing station in a public school parking area in Compton, California, just south of Los Angeles, on April 28, 2020. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images/Getty
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