POLL: Only 13 Percent of Americans Are Aware of Soaring Illegal Immigration to U.S.
The latest Harvard/Harris Poll reveals that a startling low number of Americans know that there are literally hundreds of thousands of foreigners trying to cross the border illegally. 76 percent of the American people believe that illegal immigration levels are incredibly lower than they actually are. 13 percent polled were accurate on the numbers surrounding illegal immigration.
Even among conservatives, 35 percent incorrectly estimated that there are only 10,000 to 100,000 border apprehensions each year.
There were nearly 100,000 border apprehensions in April, alone. Illegal immigration levels last month were 9X the level they were last year. That is on track to reach a million in one year.
The United States also approves over 1 million people a year to come in to the country and work, and 100,000 a year go through the necessary steps to receive citizenship.
This is important because when voters understand that there are more than 100,000 border apprehensions a month, 52 percent support the Presidents mentality that the border is a crisis, a national emergency, and that we need to secure it physically.
Nearly six-in-ten working class and lower middle class Americans support the national emergency, as well as almost 65 percent of American voters who live in rural communities.
As Breitbart News reported, Republican voters, conservatives, and Trump supporters all rank building a border wall to stop illegal immigration and reducing legal immigration levels as their top priorities heading into the 2020 presidential election. For swing voters, building a border wall and reducing all immigration are the third and fourth top priorities, following stimulating jobs and passing an infrastructure bill.
Every year, the U.S. admits about 1.2 million mostly low-skilled legal immigrants to compete against working and middle class Americans for jobs. The vast majority, about 70 percent, of legal immigration to the country is driven by the process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S.
High levels of immigration, illegal and legal, put downward pressure on U.S. wages while redistributing about $500 billion in wealth away from America’s working and middle class and towards employers and new arrivals, research by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has found.
The discussion is not rocket science.
Border sovereignty is important.
Our country was founded on immigration, legal immigration.
The foundation of the United States has always been greatly influenced by immigration. For hundreds of years it has been the melting pot for many cultures and many generations of hard-working immigrants.
But it is vital, both for the citizens of the United States, as well as the immigrant themselves, that they do so legally.
Most immigrants come here to work and live a better life, but in order to fulfill that better life within the American Dream, one must be legal.
When they are legal, they get real pay, real benefits, and the most important part? They do not have to live in fear of the authorities.
It is abhorrent that one side of politics encourages desperate people from foreign nations to come across our borders illegally!
Beyond that, with increased insecurity and the threat of terrorism in the current world, we must know who is coming in!
We welcome all! The poor, tired and hungry! Just not criminals!
That is just common sense!