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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Immigration - What U.S. Citizens Want

Quinnipiac Polling results on immigration presents statistical value to immigration concerns and what the U.S. citizen would like to see. Although we agree polling should is not the complete bell weather to decision making it provides an idea of what Richard Nixon called, "The Silent Majority."
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The poll results are not widely publicized and won't be shown on the nightly news. In fact, a quick Google didn't bring up results too easily. Here is what we found:
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  • 62 - 32 percent opposed to making it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens, with immigrant families opposed 56 - 36 percent;
  • 54 - 41 percent opposed to making it easier for illegal immigrants to become legal workers, with immigrant families supporting the measure 51 - 44 percent;
  • 72 - 25 percent opposed to allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers' licenses, with immigrant families opposed 66 - 30 percent;
  • 84 - 14 percent in favor of requiring proof of legal residency in order to obtain government benefits, with immigrant families in support 80 - 18 percent;
  • 50 - 42 percent opposed to eliminating the automatic U.S. citizenship for illegal immigrants' children born in the U.S., with immigrant families opposed 51 - 41 percent.

"There's not much sympathy for illegal immigrants. Three fifths of Americans, across geographic lines, don't want it to be easier for them to become citizens. Only in blue states, where Sen. John Kerry won the 2004 Presidential contest, is there slight support for making it easier for illegal workers to become legal," said Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"If you're not here legally, you shouldn't get government benefits, Americans say overwhelmingly. They'd also deny driver's licenses to illegal immigrants."

"Even a punitive measure draws significant support: By a narrow margin Americans would continue the tradition of granting citizenship to children born in the United States to illegal immigrants. In blue states, there's a narrow majority who side with the kids."

It's not certain what congress is looking at in an election year, this poll is a fairly good reflection on the "Silent Majority" who does vote.

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