US Population Polling on Immigration–We are not Donald Trump!
Let’s take a look at national polls for information on American attitudes about immigration and immigrants. cp [cp=author’s comments]
For my friends in Mexico, 3/4 Americans believe you are honest. Okay, the others are dumb. cp
|Public Religion Research Institute/Religion News Service. June 10-14, 2015. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.6.|
|“Which statement comes closest to your view about how the immigration system should deal with immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. illegally? The immigration system should allow them a way to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, or allow them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, or identify and deport them?”|
When given other options, fewer than 1 in 5 Americans want to deport those here illegal. cp
“Would you say that, in general, the growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens traditional American customs and values, or strengthens American society?” Options rotated
In the US, we have maybe 1 out of 3 who have some sort of problem with current immigration. This is not unusual. At times, we have been concerned about Catholics, Irish, eastern european, Jewish, and southern european immigrants. There is a nasty strain in American society of people who only want to see people on the streets who look like them. Always has been this segment; they will always be around. Not good, but it is not tragic. It is far from the majority of Americans.
McTrump says a nation without border is not a nation. I say that a nation that forgets its immigrant heritage and heaps scorn on those who come here to build a better life for themselves and their family is not a good nation (Yes, Jeb, immigration is an act of love and don’t let them steamroller you on this!).
No one should, or could, doubt that we are in fact a country; what much of this talk about immigration makes some of us here and many more of those abroad wonder is if we are a good, fair country.
Buck up, we are hearing all about McTrump and his devotees and about Republican voters. What they think is what they think; it is not (and the polls show it) what the majority in this nation think.