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Some Latinos harbor negative stereotypes about immigrants, blame them for the status devaluation of the Latino community. Villasmil

One in three Latinos in the U.S. say that immigrants are having a negative impact on their social status in the country, according to a new study published in the Public Opinion Quarterly.

Washington College political science professor Flavio Rogerio Hickel Jr., one of the authors of the study, said that several respondents wish other Americans could distinguish between them and recently arrived migrants.

The study described this mindset as "Latinx Immigrant Resentment," and could explain the growing support among Latinos of Donald Trump despite his anti-immigrant rhetoric.

"We contend that some Latinxs harbor negative stereotypes about immigrants, blame them for the status devaluation of the Latinx community, and cognitively distinguish themselves from Latinx immigrants," reads a passage of the study.

This could be related to figures from a separate survey by Axios, in which over half of Latino respondents (52%) said they are increasingly worried about the possibility of mass deportation regardless of whether their status is legal.

Trump's plan to mass deport migrants is at the heart of his reelection bid ahead of the 2024 elections. He has pledged to carry out the "largest domestic deportation operation in American history" and remove the estimated 10.5 million undocumented people in the United States— two-thirds of whom have lived in the country for more than a decade.

Figures from the same poll show that almost two thirds of Latinos (65%) said they favor providing a path to U.S. citizenship for all people currently living in the country illegally, while 59% backed allowing the possibility of claiming asylum to refugees fleeing crime and violence in Latin America.

But while these levels are roughly unchanged since December 2021, the amount of respondents who supported harsher measures did increase significantly. 42% said they'd back building a wall or fence across the entire U.S.-Mexico border and 38% that they favor sending all undocumented immigrants in the U.S. back to their country of origin.

Another study published in the European Political Science Review showed that anti-immigrant rhetoric can in fact be appealing to some Latinos, with respondents in states like Arizona, Florida and New Mexico giving this answer growing between 2016 and 2020.

A March survey by the New York Times/Siena College, shows the former president with a six percentage point lead over the current one, 46 to 40%.

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