Posted on February 4, 2005

Irving Survey Draws Heated Response

Rebecca Rodriguez, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 2

A recent survey sent out by the city of Irving generated dozens of hostile remarks about Hispanics moving into the area.

Critics said unless city leaders tackle the problem now, the divide will only grow.

The influence of thousands from south of the border who now call Irving home has meant a difficult transition for some.

“Irving is experiencing what I call ‘culture shock,’ ” said resident Anthony Bond.

The depth of that culture shock is reflected in the city’s 2004 Resident Survey. 14,000 were sent out, and 2,000 came back.

When asked about diversity and quality of life in Irving, more than 100 residents lashed out.

“Quit pandering to illegal immigrants,” said one respondent.

Another said more control on foreigners is needed.