Here are key findings from the L.A. Times/KFF survey of a nationally representative sample of adult immigrants living in the U.S.
- California is welcoming to immigrants: 70% of immigrant Californians say so. Only 39% of immigrants in Texas call it welcoming
- Why do immigrants come to the U.S.? 75% say for better economic opportunities for themselves and their children
- Many face discrimination: 4 in 10 report discrimination in daily life
- Black immigrants encounter many hardships: 55% report discrimination at work, 50% face economic difficulties
- Asian immigrants say COVID-19 affected how they were treated: 1 in 5 Asian immigrants say the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on how they are treated in the U.S.
- Most Central Americans come to the U.S. seeking safety: 73% say escaping violent or unsafe conditions was a reason they emigrated
- Politically up for grabs: 25% of immigrants say neither major party represents their views, 27% are unsure
- Despite problems, they are optimistic: 77% say their standard of living is better than their parents’ was; 7 in 10 parents say their children’s lives will be better
- They would do it again: 3 in 4 immigrants say they would still decide to come to the U.S.
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