October 2nd, 2012
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN/ORC Poll – September 28-30 – Immigration Policy

TOPICS: Immigration policy

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  1. Gurgyl

    I think we need strict immigration policies to India and all Muslim nations. Period. These are the guys cheating.

    October 2, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Borderless

    Maybe we should adopt the same immigration policies that the immigrant's nation has. Seems fair. In Mexico, for example, illegal immigration is a felony punishable by up to 2 years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to return can face 10 years. Visa violators can face 6 years and those who help illegal immigrants are considered criminal. Mexico also reserves the right to deport immigrants who are deemed detrimental to economic or national interests, are not mentally or physically healthy, or lack the necessary funds for their sustenance or the sustenance of their dependents.

    October 2, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Ben from Cali

    Mass immigration harms the unemployed and working class Americans. It harms our chances of recovering from the long-term unemployment crisis. Instead of one million "plus" immigration visas being granted annually, we need to limit that colossal figure to 100,000 or less, and then focus our attention on skilled workers and white collar professionals. For agriculture, of course there are seasonal work permits.

    Mass immigration will cause the United States population to balloon to 450 million by 2050. This was even estimated by the Census Bureau. That will have devastating impacts on our overburdened ecosystems. Vast amounts of open space and good working farmland will be plowed over for tens of millions of new homes, big box chains, and parking lots. Is that the future we truly wish to leave for our children and future generations?

    October 2, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Mikey

    @Ben from Cali – "Mass immigration will cause the United States population to balloon to 450 million by 2050. This was even estimated by the Census Bureau."
    Gawd help the mathematically challenged. The census bureau projects our popultion at 419 million in 2050. That is an annualized increase of 0.77%. At 1% growth per year for the next 38 years, we will hit 458 million in 2050 – hardly a population explosion.

    I think you need to consider immigration from other than Latin America. High paying jobs are being taken by immigrants from Canada, Europe, Australia, India, and China because we aren't producing enough engineers, computer programmers, etc. We need to fix education in the United States. The real population problem is global, not in the U.S.

    October 2, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. BLKMANinAmerica

    Just an "I" statement but perhaps the U.S. needs to drop the 'slave labor' policy they have had for 200+ years. Pay everyone a living wage (for low wage earniners) say $20. per hour in America. Stop the illegals for coming to country, and make it a requirement that low wage earners must have 2+ years of college. This way, everyone working in this country can 1. TAKE CARE OF THEMSELFS and 2. will have a good foundation to build on in the future. Just a thought.

    October 2, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. RealityBites

    "or developing a plan for stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S. AND for deporting those already here"

    Keating Hollands poll testing trick here is the AND, the combining of "deporting " into the second plan. Without it, the poll results are MUCH different. Not what he wants you to see. But that doesn't matter here.., in hopes that you, the CNN viewer, aren't smart enough to see it..

    October 2, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The people are simply evenly divided, pretty much down the political party lines.

    The Democrats WANT illegals, to build their voter base, so they CANNOT be defeated.

    The Republicans want to have the flow stopped, and the illegals here to choose to become Americans, or go back to Mexico.

    I could have saved you the trouble of your poll. This information has not changed much over the last 4 years.

    October 2, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has flipped a long way from 'self deport.' He is a failed MA governor, wrong on foreign policy, wrong on economic policies, wrong on taxes. wrong on social security and medicare, wrong on veterans benefits, wrong on banking regulations, and wrong on education. Basically, for a white guy, he is not very bright.

    October 2, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rick – Republicans want to restrict voting to white Americans only, as noted in their voter purge in 15 states.

    October 2, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. The REAL Truth...

    Let's get real folks! US business RELIES in illegal labor in most regions – even with Federal laws in place.
    We, yes we....the average American wants to maintain our standard of living, many want that without putting in the time/effort. Business cannot compete with cheap foreign labor by paying you $30-hr to pop rivets, and add $2k to the cost of an American made auto to cover healthcare expenses. Fact is – slave labor (ever work as as "wait staff") such as our restaurant biz is necessary to keep costs down. $20-hr ain't going to happen, unless you want ur $18 per-head dinner at a local establishment up to $40 per head.
    Immigration is part of that. We have many vocational and technical jobs that cannot (or will not) be filled by US citizens – we don't have the skills. Manufacturing days are long gone. We cannot compete in that arena. We CAN compete in technology and service arenas, but not at $20-hr.

    October 2, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Read your own posts, most people are against illegal immigration or amnesty, regardless of their political affiliation. We don't have enough jobs for Americans, why would we be for open borders and illegal immigration. We cannot afford to take care of our own. There are plenty of work visas and green cards given out. Perhaps they should do a better job deciding who they give them to and a better job of keeping track of them.

    October 2, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Frankie

    People are not talking about who encourages these illegal immigrants, it's the businesses that hire them. Signs from businesses in Mexico encouraging people to go to America for a good paying job are posted all over Mexico. If the businesses are held accountable they would stop and only hire people with work Visa and discourage anyone else from coming here.

    October 2, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    No other country on the planet leaves their borders wide open and allows tens of millions of illegals into their country. Let alone provide them with free government assistance (housing, food, medical treatment, etc.) once they get here. Then the libtards like to point out that the USA ranks below other countries in things like healthcare and education when other countries don't allow massive illegal immigration. And of course, the song is always the same. We need to spend more money because see how bad we are.

    October 2, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Jc

    Maybe we should ignore that the USA has any borders. Since the feds allow sanctuary states like California to openly invite these criminal illegal invaders, why not extend some benefits to actual citizens who for some reason follow the laws.

    October 2, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Fay

    Today another US border patrol agent is killed. This is enough!
    Fire Obama and Holder.

    October 2, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Mr. Reb

    I think many people are living in a bubble when it comes to the issue of immigration. The level of illegal immigration estimated to be somewhere about 1 million people annually: Think about where you live. In Baltimore, the population is estimated around 670,000 and consider all of the social services that are necessary to run a city of that size: health care, education, public safely, sanitation, ect., not to mention the acreage and physical resources and energy that is used up. The policy of a "roadmap to citizenship" is simply not a sustainable one for it would only encourage more rampant illegal immigration. The biodiversity in the U.S. and on the planet is already in decline; it is like the canary in the coal mine. A population growth of 150 million over the next 40 years, especially living the way we do, will only speed up the extinction of species with the susequent collapse of ecosystems–on which we depend ourselves.

    October 2, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |