Coming to America
How do you feel about immigrants, immigration, and that controversial immigration law in Arizona? We asked.
1) Are you…
2nd-generation American (36%)
3rd-generation American (36%)
4th-generation American (14%)
Off the boat (7%)
My family came over on the Mayflower (7%)
2) What do you think of Arizona’s new law to utilize state/local law enforcement in combating illegal immigration?
If the federal government can’t or won’t do it, someone has to (43%)
Hate it—it’s unconstitutional (43%)
Love it—it’s about time (14%)
3) What should happen to illegal immigrants?
They should be allowed to stay, but pay a fine, go through proper civic and language instruction, and go to the end of the line (50%)
They’re not illegal immigrants; they’re “undocumented workers” who are doing necessary work that none of us are willing to do (21.5%)
They should be deported ASAP. (7%)
None of the above (21.5%)
4) Stopping illegal immigrants from crossing the border is…
a national security issue. (36%)
something that needs to be done (29%)
a moral outrage (21%)
none of the above (14%)
5) So-called “racial profiling” of suspected illegal immigrants is…
common sense. Exactly how many blond-haired, blue-eyed Swedes do you think are crossing the Rio Grande? (36%)
something Helen Thomas would probably approve of .(7%)
6) Have you ever knowingly hired someone of questionable citizenship?
7) Does it irk you that signs in stores, telephone books, and government forms, also appear in Spanish?
8) Should English be made the official language of the U.S.?
9) Should immigrants be required to learn English as a condition of obtaining citizenship?