Thousands of people from around the country marched to the Arizona state Capitol yesterday, May 29, 2010, to protest the state’s new immigration law, SB 1070 — a law that vocal critics (notably Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano) could not be bothered to read.
Opponents of the law suspended their boycott against Arizona and bused in protesters from around the country. Organizers said the demonstration could bring in as many as 50,000 people. Supporters of Arizona organized a rally of their own Saturday evening at a baseball stadium in suburban Tempe, encouraging like-minded Americans to “buycott” Arizona by planning vacations in the state.
At the same time in San Francisco, there was a pro-illegal immigration protest against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks in their game against the Giants Saturday night. [Source]
Given all the huffing and puffing of the anti-Arizona mob, it is useful and important for us to know that a recent CNN Opinion Research Poll found a large majority of Americans supportive of laws like Arizona’s.
Between May 21 and 23, 2010, Opinion Research Company (hired by CNN) conducted a natonwide telephone poll of a sample of 1,023 adult Americans. The poll has a sampling error of plus/minus 3%. Here are the results relevant to this issue:
On Question #31: “Would you like to see the number of illegal immigrants currently in the country increased, decreased, or remain the same?”
21%: Remain the same
1%: No opinion
On Question #32: (If the answer is “decreased” to Question #31) “Would you like to see the number of illegal immigrants decreased only a little, a lot, or would you like to see all illegal immigrants currently in the country removed from the United States?”
41%: Remove all
21%: Remain the same
20%: Decreased a lot
14%: Decreased a little
2%: No opinion
On Question #35: “What should be the main focus of U.S. government in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration — developing a plan that would allow illegal immgrants who have jobs to become legal residents, or develop a plan for stopping the flow of illegal immigraiton into the U.S. and for deporting those already here?”
60%: Stop illegals/deport those here
38%: Allow to become legal residents
2%: No opinion.
But the responses to this next question makes it clear that Americans are NOT anti-foreign jingoists. It is ILLEGAL immigration that Americans oppose; Americans do not have a problem with immigration, i.e., LEGAL immigration!
On Question #33: “Would you like to see the number of legal immigrants currently in this country increased, decreased, or the same?”
65%: Remain the same.
To read the CNN Poll report, CLICK HERE.