While Latinos are by far the nation’s biggest immigrant group, only about three-in-ten (31%) say immigration is an “extremely important” issue facing the Obama administration, ranking it sixth on a list of seven policy priorities. Like the American public overall, Hispanic cite the economy as the most pressing issue for the new administration; 57% say it is an extremely important issue. Education ranks second on the list of priorities, the only other issue that a majority of Latinos considered extremely important. Immigration has never been a top issue for Hispanics. Even at the apex of the congressional debate over immigration reform in 2007, however, the issue never rose to the top of Latinos’ priority list. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.