Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
Kenneth
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Illegal Immigration

From time to time I watch Lou Dobbs on CNN and his segments about illegal immigration. It strikes me a being a very complicated issue, with no easy answers. At times I find myself agreeing with Dobbs and at other times he comes across as being anti-Mexican. Although Dobbs isn't balanced in his opinions, his guests often present strong opposing arguments on the subject.

So, when in doubt and when you want to get smarter about a subject, ask the peeps in polloftheday for their thoughts. If you live near the Mexican border or in a place strongly affected by illegal immigration, it would be nice to hear your thoughts on this issue.




Poll #991846 Illegal immigration

It is estimated that the population of illegal immigrants in the United States is between 7 and 20 million people. What should be done to address this problem?

Nothing, it's a fact of life and illegal immigrants perform jobs that persons legally in the country will not do.
7(12.5%)
Stricter border enforcement
15(26.8%)
Some sort of amnesty program
9(16.1%)
A combination of the previous two choices
24(42.9%)
Other (please comment)
1(1.8%)

Illegal immigration to the USA from Mexico is attributed to economic reasons. Although Mexico is one of the richer nations in the world, it also has one of the widest gaps between rich and poor. The minimum wage in Mexico is about $3.50 US per day. Should pressure be put on Mexico to narrow this gap?

Yes
31(55.4%)
No
5(8.9%)
Not sure
9(16.1%)
It would be impossible to do
11(19.6%)

Some argue that illegal immigration is actually good for the US economy because illegal workers contribute more to the public coffers in taxes than they draw in social services. Others argue that illegal immigration is the main reason that the US health care system is in trouble. What do you think, does illegal immigration help of hurt the US economy?

It helps it
5(9.1%)
It hurts it
11(20.0%)
It helps richer Americans, but hurts the poorer ones who compete for the same jobs
20(36.4%)
I'm not sure
12(21.8%)
What do I look like, a freakin economist? How should I know?
7(12.7%)

Are you in favour of border vigilante groups like the Minutemen?

Yes
8(14.3%)
No
34(60.7%)
I don't know who they are
14(25.0%)

Are you in favour of an amnesty program for illegal immigrants?

Yes
22(39.3%)
No
12(21.4%)
Not sure
22(39.3%)

Which of the following statements do you agree with?

The United States is not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from entering the country
0(0.0%)
I favour allowing illegal immigrants into the US if they have a job, pay taxes and learn English.
0(0.0%)
I support major penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants.
0(0.0%)
A security fence should be built along the US-Mexico border.
0(0.0%)
Illegal immigrants are taking jobs that most Americans don't want to do.
1(1.8%)
The US would be better off if all illegal immigrants were deported.
0(0.0%)
The US would be worse off if all illegal immigrants were deported.
0(0.0%)
People like Lou Dobbs, who argue for stronger border control are right and are using their common sense.
0(0.0%)
People like Lou Dobbs, who argue for stronger border control are xenophobes (those having contempt for foreigners) or bigots.
0(0.0%)
Organizations like "No More Death" who offer food and water to those illegally crossing the border are compassionate and should be encouraged.
0(0.0%)
Organizations like "No More Death" who offer food and water to those illegally crossing the border are misguided and should be discouraged
0(0.0%)
George W. Bush is right in his proposal of an amnesty program for illegal immigrants.
0(0.0%)
George W. Bush is wrong in his proposal of an amnesty program for illegal immigrants.
0(0.0%)


Thanks and I'll make up for all this brain labour with another silly poll soon.
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