Crime: Immigration Law

The poll, by the Pew Research Center and Pew Hispanic Center, found that 32 percent supported allowing undocumented aliens to stay permanently, 32 percent supported letting them have temporary worker status, and 27 percent said they should be required to return home. The review of 2,000 adults countrywide was released as the Senate discusses which way to go on managing illegal immigrants.

One move favors placing them on a trail to nationality; one more move towards it would give them a time limit to depart the country and make them pertain through obtainable channels; a third preparation would lift the punishment for illegitimate aliens and their company and augment law-enforcement exile work effort. Nearly two-thirds supported the creation of a national database of eligible workers, and three-quarters said they favor a mandate that every job seeker have either a secure Social Security card or driver's license.

Ambivalence was found about immigration overall, with more holding positive attitudes toward immigrants even as nearly half said growing immigration threatens customary American traditions and principles. The poll found more agreement on stopping the illegal flow of aliens across the Mexican border, with particular support for penalties against those who hire illegal aliens. Four percent of the poll respondents said legal immigration is a bigger problem, while 60 percent said illegal immigration is the bigger problem.

An additional 22 percent said both are a problem, and 11 percent said neither is. But the poll shows Mr. Bush is making headway on another message: that immigrants take jobs Americans don't want. Nearly two-thirds agreed with that message - the highest percentage in two decades, tying the high in 1996, the last time Congress visited the immigration issue. Pew also surveyed about 800 adults in each of five metropolitan regions, including Washington. (William G.

Paul, 2005) The Washington results showed that residents of the area were more welcoming of immigrants than the general population; that a strong majority support government-sponsored work centers for day laborers, who are often illegal aliens; and that fewer Washingtonians rate immigration as a problem compared with residents of other areas. The foregoing can be looked upon as a necessary prelude to the understanding of the immigration issue in the United States today.

The immigration problem is obviously far too large to be handled exclusively or conclusively by the individual action of individual states. Even the United States cannot deal with this problem by itself. (The Washington Times, 2007)

Reference Page 

Anne Shea (2003) Article Title: "Don't Let Them Make You Feel You Did a Crime": Immigration Law, Labor Rights, and Farm worker Testimony. Journal Title: MELUS. Volume: 28. Issue: 1.

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