Controlling Border Important for Most Americans

Angus Reid Global Monitor : Polls & Research, June 23, 2008

Adults in the United States have a clear idea of what the most important goal of their immigration policy should be, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 63 per cent of respondents believe gaining control of the border should be a priority, while 28 per cent would prefer to legalize the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States.

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In May 2006, U.S. president George W. Bush addressed the nation to discuss his immigration proposals. Bush outlined five clear objectives: securing the borders, creating a temporary worker program, holding employers to account for the workers they hire, allowing illegal immigrants “who have roots” in the country to apply for citizenship, and helping newcomers assimilate into American society.

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Polling Data

Which is more important? Gaining control of the border or legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States?

Gaining control of the border—63%

Legalizing undocumented workers—28%

Not sure—8%

Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 likely American voters, conducted on Jun. 10, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

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