Americans Worry That Illegal Migrants Threaten Way of Life, Economy

Alistair Bell, Reuters, August 7, 2014

As President Barack Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen U.S. immigration policy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation’s culture and economy.

Seventy percent of Americans–including 86 percent of Republicans–believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to the poll.

The findings suggest immigration could join Obamacare–the healthcare insurance overhaul–and the economy as hot button issues that encourage more Republicans to vote in November’s congressional election.


Despite arguments from the White House and groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that legal immigration benefits business, 63 percent of people in the online survey also said immigrants place a burden on the economy.


In Denver, Reuters/Ipsos poll respondent Tom Vanderbur, 72, criticized Congress for going into summer recess after failing to pass border security measures but said he was not convinced that Obama should act unilaterally on immigration.

“I don’t think that he has a right to just make those kinds of decisions on his own,” said retiree Vanderbur, a registered Democrat in a state where another U.S. Senate seat is being hotly contested.

Vanderbur was among the 45 percent of people in the poll, carried out between July 15-22, who said the number of immigrants legally allowed to enter the country should be reduced.

Only 17 percent thought more legal immigrants should be allowed to come to the United States. Thirty-eight percent said the number should stay the same.


A separate Reuters/Ipsos online poll shows that voters see immigration as the third most important problem facing the nation. Respondents in a Gallup poll in July cited immigration as the No.1 problem, ahead of the economy.

A Republican candidate for New Hampshire state senator, Eddie Edwards, said seven out of 10 voters voice worries about immigration and refugees when he canvasses door to door.


Opposition to illegal immigration is higher in New England than in much of the rest of the country, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll of mid-July. Seventy-six percent of people in the region said undocumented immigrants threaten American beliefs and customs, compared to 70 percent nationally.


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  • MekongDelta69

    Seventy percent of Americans–including 86 percent of Republicans–believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to the poll.”

    All that means is thirty percent of ‘Americans’ and fourteen percent of (so-called) ‘Republicans… are mentally deranged.

    • TruthBeTold

      What’s the point of the statement?

      Oh yeah, to show that there’s a higher percentage of ‘hate’ by Republicans that right-thinking Americans.

  • Seventy percent of Americans–including 86 percent of Republicans–believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to the poll.

    If 86% of R think that and 70% overall think that, then it must mean that there could be as many as half of Ds who think that.

    Opposition to illegal immigration is higher in New England than in much of the rest of the country, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll of mid-July. Seventy-six percent of people in the region said undocumented immigrants threaten American beliefs and customs, compared to 70 percent nationally….A Republican candidate for New Hampshire state senator, Eddie Edwards, said seven out of 10 voters voice worries about immigration and refugees when he canvasses door to door.

    I would not want to be Jeanne Shaheen right now.

  • [Guest]

    >>>Seventy percent of Americans … believe…

    As is so often the case, the self-declared champions of democracy are aligned against the majority. They can simultaneously trumpet majority rule and fight against it.

    Also, when future polls declare what “the majority of Americans” believe, the numbers will be different because they will include the views of the masses of illegal invaders, who will make up the NEW majority.

  • Luca

    What’s to be afraid of? There are plenty of jobs to go around, latinos are too proud and macho to accept handouts and they have strong family values. They shun gangs, graffiti, drugs and teenage pregnancy. They have meticulous health records, excel academically, assimilate easily, raise real estate values, learn English quickly, power our economy and almost always vote republican.

    (Just in case you didn’t get your daily dose of liberal fantasy Bovine Scat.)

    • IstvanIN

      Is that you George W. Bush?

      • Luca


    • Bossman

      Latinos in south Florida do raise real estate values and in California too, they’ve better health records than Anglos, they do power our economy and in Florida they would almost always vote republican until very recently.

      • kjh64

        Not true. Everywhere you have large amounts of Latinos, the use of welfare goes way up, much higher dropout rates, higher crime rates and gang. If having large numbers of Latinos were good, then California would be in great shape instead of insanely expensive and broke.

        • Bossman

          Places that are insanely expensive are very rich. Didn’t Gov. Brown say that his state has now a balanced budget?

      • tetrapod

        Assuming what you say is true, aren’t the south Floridian Latinos mainly Cuban? If so, that demographic is obviously qualitatively different from the La Raza wetbacks who’ve been assaulting our border now for decades.

        • Bossman

          South Florida is now a mecca for Latinos from all over Latin America and the Cubans may even be in the minority now.

      • Luca

        You are referring to White Cubans who were smart enough to leave the socialist paradise behind and carry their Iberian DNA to Florida.

        • Alexandra1973

          I used to watch Judge Alex back when we had cable. He on occasion mentions he’s from Cuba, he came here with his family when he was a year old. I would never have guessed he was Cuban-born.

          • Bossman

            Same goes for many Mexicans. Film actor Anthony Quinn was a Mexican Mestizo who became a big movie star.

        • Bossman

          In the Americas, especially Latin America, it is all a matter of shades and degrees of who is white and who is not white.

    • JDInSanD

      And they steadily improve in the second and third generation.

    • Alucard_the_last

      They also hate negroes with the liberals ignore.

  • The brainwashing and propagada didn’t work. People are tired of being stupid.
    Think about all the efforts to brainwash traditional Americans into welcoming the invaders. Glenn Beck and his stuffed toys and soccer balls, Obama and his “dreamers” nonsense, “family values” dummy Bush. Think of all the stories in Time and Newsweek about how wonderful the invaders are. Hundreds of millions of dollars spent writing and publishing stories that rival the best propaganda ever produced in history.
    Yet here we are. No one with a brain bought it (I don’t count blacks since they don’t have brains). Now, to translate that resistence to propaganda into an active resistence to an enemy government that occupies DC. This war is most likely going to be a long one. At least as of today, people can see that the government is the enemy.

    • Periapsis

      Welcome the invaders? Let’s hope sooner than later the invaders get welcomed the way the Germans were during the invasion of Ukraine during WW-II. As in a very hot reception, literally when this turns into armed conflict. I see more and more of them in my area, and they all stare at me with that hate stare of theirs. I give them an cold stare back. They’ll soon find out what the white man’s hate stare is, and this look is one that kills. Given their behavior towards us, sooner than later, they will find a way to make that happen.

  • Ian Thomas

    Any American citizen who’s not totally brainwashed should support the deportation of all these illegals. If they all come here they will bring their crime and diseases with them.

  • 4321realist

    Why don’t these politicians stand up and rebut Obama’s claims that he is going to give amnesty to aliens when he says he’s doing it, because the public wants him to do his job, because the Republicans won’t, when the “job” he’s talking about is opposed by 77% of the citizenry, and giving amnesty will only make the situation far worse?

    Why doesn’t Speaker Boehner or somebody call a press conference and tell the cameras the public is against Obama giving amnesty and that he’s NOT DOING HIS JOB? His job is to protect the borders, not embark on some kind of hate-whitey campaign to flood the country with non-whites to ethnically cleanse white people. He is in DIRECT opposition to the citizenry.

    They’re allowing this black liar to claim that giving amnesty is a solution, and that he is being forced to act on his own. Good lord, who is so stupid as to believe such immature, childish logic?

    I mean besides Michelle Obama?

    • Pro_Whitey

      Boehner has been hoping for an opportunity to give the Dems their amnesty. He can’t be counted on to do anything helpful.

  • tetrapod

    Although these poll numbers are heartening, they mean nothing unless they result in swift, decisive action. Time and demographics are not on our side.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Why republicans are not bashing the democrats senseless over this issue is incomprehensible.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Only illegal “migrants” threaten the American way of life and the economy? Nonsense! ALL third world “immigration,” legal AND illegal, threatens the American way of life and the economy.

  • MBlanc46

    Only 70% is worrying. Any American (and Canadian and European and Australasian) in his/her right mind and with even a shred of patriotism will feel this way. So there’s either a lot of people not in their right mind or without a shred of patriotism.

    • Periapsis

      OR, they are among the ranks of our enemies.

    • Chasmania

      I thought the same thing, but I wonder this: What was the racial makeup of the surveyed, and what was the statistics BY race ? That would be interesting to know.

  • Kenner

    I’m stunned the poll takers even allowed we had ‘a way of life’, much less one that could be threatened.

  • JDInSanD

    There are lots more police, lawyers, prison construction jobs and prison guards because of them.

  • IKUredux

    Immigration should STOP NOW. NO MORE. Legal, illegal, overstayed visas, H1b whatevers, no more. Immigration is the PREEMINENT issue facing this country. Unemployment? Stop immigration. SOLVED. Falling wages? Stop immigration. SOLVED. Environmental degradation? Stop immigration. SOLVED. Failing schools? Stop immigration. Sadly, only partially solved, as we still have negroes. Cultural debasement? Stop immigration. Again, only partially solved, because we still have negroes, but that is not a good reason to add to the problem with all these invaders who are not only incapable of assimilating, but often refusing to as well. WHY DO TPTB insist on all these coloreds move into our pristine White countries? OMG! How they HATE us. If we Whites are the devil incarnate, then why oh why are all these coloreds risking life and limb to enter these White hellholes? BECAUSE IT IS A MO%^&* FU*&^%$ LIE!!!!!! We WHITES are not the devil incarnate, and all those coloreds, no matter how much they scream “racism” and all the other bulls%^&, know for a FACT that they are better off in a White country than in the hellhole THEIR RACE created back in their countries of origin!!! Call these liars out. If they even begin to cite racism, CALL THEM OUT, BECAUSE IT IS A DAMN LIE!!!!!! I’m tired of this crap! It is NOT the fault of Whites that the rest of the races on this Earth are complete and entire STUPID A$$HOLES. WE DID NOT MAKE THEM THIS STUPID!!! WE WHITES HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. Holy Christo! So why in hell are we being held responsible for all the failures of all the rest of the people on this planet? Why? Take it up with GOD. Or, if you prefer, take it up with Darwin.

    • Emblematic

      no chance.

      • IKUredux

        What is “no chance”? Taking it up with God, Darwin, or stopping immigration?

        • Emblematic

          of an end to immigration.

          And as to your assertion that White countries are better because of the White people who live there – haven’t you heard that Jared Diamond has explained all that?

          It’s actually due to White people having had the good fortune to find themselves surrounded by the types of plants and animals that were suitable for domestication.

          Unearned White Historical Privilege in other words.

          • IKUredux

            “Haven’t you heard that Jared Diamond explained all that”? Haven’t you heard that wht’s name in the “Blank Slate” explained all that. Oh, and what was the nabe of the guy who debinked skull size, and, they found out he LIED. Well, Emblematic of progressive ignorance. Let’s just discuss this, shall we? How do we explain Haiti? Hmm? Brought to Haiti as slaves. CHECK. Worked in the sugar cane fields. CHECK. Made France immensely wealthy. CHECK. Had a smart black guy start a revolution. Check. Killed all the Whites. Check. Wouldn’t let Whites own land. Check. Now one of the poorest countries in the world. Check. Obviously a country with suitable plants for cultivation. Check. Now, Haitians eat mud pies. Check. Now, let me call your attention to Zimbabwe. Ohh, not your average European country, with all those plants and animals you talk about. Nope. Whites move to Rhodesia, cultivate plants, you know, the ones that only apparently happened magically in White countries, and then grew and cultivated themselves without any help from those amazing White privileged people who suffered in the middle ages and starved to death and were treated like crap by “royalty”, do you mean those “privileged Whites”? Anyway, back to Rhodesia, which became the “bread basket” of Africa. Until, what’s your guess here, emblematic of stupidity? That’s right! Rhodesia got its independence and became Zimbabwe. No Whites hardly there anymore. By the way, the same farms run by Whites have been taken over by negroes. Oh, wait, I’m beginning to see what you mean! Those magical European crops need White privilege to grow! In case you don’t know the “bread basket” of Africa, is now the “basket case” of Africa. Look, it does not matter where you put Africans they will be complete and abject failures. And, for your information, go right ahead and set a whole lot of Whites in crappy sub-Saharan Africa, and I will bet you, that they will make a go of it. Wrestle that damn jungle to its knees. Unlike the kneegrows. It does NOT MATTER where White people are, they will prevail. It does not matter where negroes are, they will fail. Are you kidding me? If every single White person left England, or the U.S. and left nothing but negroes in charge, everyplace would degenerate into DETROIT. PROVE ME WRONG EMBLEMATIC OF PROGRESSIVE BRAINWASHING.SHOW ME ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD WHERE BLACKS ARE IN CHARGE COMPLETELY AND IT IS A PLACE TO WHICH WHITES ARE EMIGRATING!!!!!

          • Emblematic

            Jared Diamond has won the Pulitzer prize and is lauded by The New York Times and other respectable publications, so he should be trusted.

            Some racist white supremacist hater called Steve Sailor tried to demolish Diamond’s theory by pointing out that if environmental conditions were so central to human development than surely natural selection would have responded by adapting different human populations to match the varying local conditions they found themselves living in, thereby creating the very racial differences Diamond is trying to deny.

            But disgusting racists like Sailor don’t deserve to be allowed a voice in the discussion so his point is irrelevant.

          • IKUredux

            You are adorable.

          • It’s unfortunate that noone seems to recognize the sarcasm. (To be fair, you’re REALLY shovelling it on pretty heavily)

          • Spikeygrrl

            Minor quibble: it’s SailEr, not SailOr. He appears regularly at Taki’s Magazine.

          • Alexandra1973

            Compare Iceland (almost all white) with sub-Saharan Africa. I guess it’s because of “white privilege” that people actually live in Iceland.

          • Emblematic

            Yes it is.

            Or at least it is once we understand what ‘white privilege’ REALLY means.

            White privilege is genetic.

            We are fortunate to be born with white genes.
            Being grateful for our white heredity implies wanting to protect and preserve it.

            (I think the word ‘gratitude’ is better than the word ‘pride’).

  • A Freespeechzone

    Obama and his ilk don’t care what the polls show–I have NO DOUBT that he will give these diseased, illegal takers citizenship and put them in front of the line for housing, healthcare, education and taxpayer paid welfare.

    The fact that few Americans will do little or nothing to stop him or the illegal ‘dreamers’ ongoing demands; will change nothing—except our way of life.

  • Whirlwinder

    The point remains, unless we turn all illegal aliens back to their home turf and build an impregnable fence along our southern border, America, as a nation and culture of freedom loving peoples, is dead.

  • JohnEngelman

    Despite arguments from the White House and groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that legal immigration benefits business, 63 percent of people in the online survey also said immigrants place a burden on the economy.

    – Alistair Bell, Reuters, August 7, 2014

    When someone says that a policy is good for the economy you should ask: whose economy? Immigration benefits the business community in ways that burdens the economy of employees with higher prices and lower wages.

  • Alucard_the_last

    I lived near Mexico and can testify that these people could care less about the environment. They get their gas in Mexico which burps out black smoke. Needless to say, the pro-environmentalist white liberals have nothing to say about this.

  • scutum

    Don’t worry folks, even in the face of overwhelming public support for closing our borders and repatriating some of the illegals the Republicans will find a way to cave into the Chamber of Commerce, Business Round Table and Grover’s Norquist’s American’s for Tax reform. The Republican establishment will never give up on, and will continue to work for, “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”. Never underestimate the stupid party’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  • Dale McNamee

    Mexico, Guatemala,El Salvador, and Honduras all impose a “societal/cultural benefit” demand on anyone who wishes to live there… In other words… ” How will you benefit our society ”

    So, you have to either have a job in those countries’ companies or have enough coming in retirement/pension per an established formula… As there are no benefits if you don’t .

    I believe that America once held to the same demands (jobs,income, and societal benefits)
    for people emigrating here. They also had to have sponsors…

    We should get back to enforcing our present laws and to hell with the lawless DOJ, President Obama, and the “Amnesty Activists”, the Chamber of Congress, and employers who hire them !

  • none of your business

    I’m a lot more worried about : first and foremost every job from Dr. to dishwasher given to an immigrant instead of an American, second downward effect on wages, third upward effect on cost of housing.
    After observing 40 years of affirmative action, black on White crime and the hatred of the alien elite media towards me and mine I don’t give a rat’s a$$ about America or its culture.

  • none of your business

    You mentioned Haiti. Back in the 1700’s it was the wealthiest country in the world due to the French sugar planters. In fact, when the English and Spanish won the 7 years/French and Indian war the English were willing to give up all of Canada and their share of Louisiana territory for Haiti. Since Haiti was so profitable and Canada worthless except for fur at the time the French kept Haiti. 20 years after Haiti won its freedom from France it was a dump and has remained ever since.
    150 years later blacks did to Detroit, St Louis, Cleveland, Gary Indiana on and on and on and on what they did to Haiti.

  • none of your business

    Has Engleman jumped in with one of asian geniuses are the only people on earth who can do tech jobs yet?

  • none of your business

    Have you ever looked at Anthony Quinn? He was half Irish, 1/4 Spanish/mex and
    1/4 Indian/mex. Despite being 3/4 White and half pale Irish White at that he looked like his pure Indian grandmother.
    It depends on how the genes arrange themselves. He could have looked like 1/2 irish 1/2 Spanish Rita Hayworth, Irish but he looked Indian.