Poll Shows Support for Arizona-Type Immigration Law

Mike Bowersock, WCMH-TV (Columbus), June 29, 2010

A new poll of voters shows support for an Arizona-style immigration crackdown in Ohio.

In the survey released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University, 48 percent of Ohio voters say they approve of Arizona’s tough new immigration law. It requires police to question a person’s immigration status if there’s reason to suspect the person is in the country illegally.

Twenty-eight percent say they disapprove.

Tuesday night, at the Berligner Park softball diamonds, nearly everyone we spoke to agreed with tougher immigration.

If the feelings here are any indication, the Quinnipiac poll is accurate.

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“Some of them are going back to other states. Some of them are going back to Mexico,” said Alex Flores who runs La Voz Hispana, an Hispanic newspaper based on the west side of Columbus.

He says the Mexican population in Central Ohio is already shrinking.

He claims there are approximately 80,000 Hispanics living in Central Ohio but it’s down about 20 percent from a year ago.

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