May 4, 2010

MORE IMMIGRANTS, LESS LAW:

Poll: Americans Sympathetic on Immigration, Desire Secure Borders (ALAN GOMEZ, May 4, 2010 , ABC News)

"On the one hand, they don't like the idea that people are breaking our immigration laws, that it appears we have a southern border that is out of control," Jimenez said. "On the other hand, they think the people coming here who work hard, who have dreams of a better life, are really participating in an American tradition that is as old as this country."

In the poll, 68 percent say it is extremely important or very important to halt the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, and 67 percent say it is extremely or very important to develop a plan to deal with about 12 million illegal immigrants in the USA. Yet 74 percent are somewhat or very concerned that tougher immigration laws would lead to harassment of Hispanics.


Immigration is one of those supposed hot button issues where the polling is actually rather consistent: an overwhelming majority of Americans are pro-immigration but wish they hadn't broken the law coming here. It's so easy to vindicate both concerns that only two parties bitterly divided over the similarity of their politics could fail to achieve reform.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 4, 2010 11:22 AM
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