Education

How Immigrants Feel About Obama’s Election

By Mary Ann Zehr — November 06, 2008 1 min read

The Chicago Tribune reports this morning about how many immigrants are celebrating Barack Obama’s election. (Hat tip to ImmigrationProf Blog.)

Latinos, some of whom are immigrants and many of whom have immigrant parents, voted for Barack Obama over John McCain by a margin of two-to-one, according to a report released by the Pew Hispanic Center yesterday. Interestingly, the proportion of voters who are Latinos was exactly the same this election, 8 percent, as in 2004.

Remember all of those immigrant students who left school and poured into the streets in the spring of 2006 calling for comprehensive immigration reform? Surely many of them were paying attention to this election, and some of them would be old enough to vote.

I’m thinking that some of this interest of immigrant parents and children in the election may create teachable moments in your classrooms. Feel free to share here any examples of how English-language learners are responding to the election.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.