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    WASHINGTON - Americans are divided about whether illegal immigrants help or hurt the country, a poll finds. More than one-half of those questioned are open to allowing undocumented workers to obtain some temporary legal status so they can stay in the United States.

    At the same time, people doubt that erecting a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border could help to fix such a complex and enduring problem, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Two-thirds do not think it would work.

    "You can't go and round up 11 million people and ship them out of the country," said Robert Kelly. The Chicago lawyer is among the 56 percent of Americans who favor offering some kind of legal status. "It just isn't practical," he said.

    A smaller but still significant share _ 41 percent _ opposes offering any kind of legal status, giving voice to a law-and-order mind-set that bristles at the notion of officially recognizing those who did not play by the rules to get here.

    "Illegal is criminal," said Louella Kelly, a 65-year-old grandmother from Round Rock, Texas.

    She said her 16-year-old granddaughter has had a hard time finding part-time work because of all the jobs taken by those who are illegally in the country. "If we're going to give them amnesty, then why don't we give amnesty to all the people who break out of jail?"

    Political analysts see an opening in such poll results for President Bush, who supports a temporary guest-worker program.

    The Republican Party is divided. Business interests want to preserve their access to foreign workers as a cheap labor force, while many conservatives would rather get tough on illegal immigrants.

    The survey found 62 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of Republicans favored temporary worker status.

    "If I were in the White House, I would be pretty pleased about this," said Charles Franklin, a University of Wisconsin political science professor who studies public opinion. "It does suggest pretty strongly that the president has the opportunity to drive public opinion on this."

    Arizona State University professor Bruce Merrill said immigration was the first issue he had seen in 20 years that did not clearly break along partisan lines. "Conservative Democrats don't feel any different from conservative Republicans," he said, with both camps strongly opposing the idea of rewarding people who broke the law to enter the country.

    The AP-Ipsos survey of 1,003 adults was conducted Tuesday through Thursday. Debate is swirling in Congress over a proposal that would legalize many illegal immigrants in the United States and expand guest worker programs for an estimated 400,000 immigrants each year.

    Two-thirds of those surveyed think illegal immigrants fill jobs that most Americans do not want, the poll found.

    But the survey found greater ambiguity on whether illegal immigrants are good or bad for American society. Fifty-one percent said illegal immigrants mostly make a contribution to society and 42 percent said they were mostly a drain.

    Likewise, there was deep division on how serious a crime it should be enter the country illegally. Fifty-one percent thought it should be considered a "minor offense" and 47 percent considered it a "serious criminal offense."

    "Americans are quite divided, but it seems as if they are looking for a solution that involves some sort of legal documentation," said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research and Polling Inc., based in Albuquerque, N.M. He predicted that as the issue gets more attention in coming months, more Americans will start forming strong opinions.

    Both pro- and anti-immigration interests predicted opinion would move in their direction as people become better informed.

    Michelle Waslin, director of immigration policy research for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group, said that as people consider the specific requirements that immigrants would have to meet to obtain legal status, they are more supportive of the idea.

    Paul Egan, director of government relations for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors stricter immigration rules, said that when people fully understand the potential implications of the guest worker program, they will be more likely to oppose it.

    The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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    WASHINGTON - Americans are divided about whether illegal immigrants help or hurt the country, a poll finds. More than one-half of those questioned are open to allowing undocumented workers to obtain some temporary legal status so they can stay in the United States.

    At the same time, people doubt that erecting a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border could help to fix such a complex and enduring problem, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Two-thirds do not think it would work.

    "You can't go and round up 11 million people and ship them out of the country," said Robert Kelly. The Chicago lawyer is among the 56 percent of Americans who favor offering some kind of legal status. "It just isn't practical," he said.

    A smaller but still significant share _ 41 percent _ opposes offering any kind of legal status, giving voice to a law-and-order mind-set that bristles at the notion of officially recognizing those who did not play by the rules to get here.

    "Illegal is criminal," said Louella Kelly, a 65-year-old grandmother from Round Rock, Texas.

    She said her 16-year-old granddaughter has had a hard time finding part-time work because of all the jobs taken by those who are illegally in the country. "If we're going to give them amnesty, then why don't we give amnesty to all the people who break out of jail?"

    Political analysts see an opening in such poll results for President Bush, who supports a temporary guest-worker program.

    The Republican Party is divided. Business interests want to preserve their access to foreign workers as a cheap labor force, while many conservatives would rather get tough on illegal immigrants.

    The survey found 62 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of Republicans favored temporary worker status.

    "If I were in the White House, I would be pretty pleased about this," said Charles Franklin, a University of Wisconsin political science professor who studies public opinion. "It does suggest pretty strongly that the president has the opportunity to drive public opinion on this."

    Arizona State University professor Bruce Merrill said immigration was the first issue he had seen in 20 years that did not clearly break along partisan lines. "Conservative Democrats don't feel any different from conservative Republicans," he said, with both camps strongly opposing the idea of rewarding people who broke the law to enter the country.

    The AP-Ipsos survey of 1,003 adults was conducted Tuesday through Thursday. Debate is swirling in Congress over a proposal that would legalize many illegal immigrants in the United States and expand guest worker programs for an estimated 400,000 immigrants each year.

    Two-thirds of those surveyed think illegal immigrants fill jobs that most Americans do not want, the poll found.

    But the survey found greater ambiguity on whether illegal immigrants are good or bad for American society. Fifty-one percent said illegal immigrants mostly make a contribution to society and 42 percent said they were mostly a drain.

    Likewise, there was deep division on how serious a crime it should be enter the country illegally. Fifty-one percent thought it should be considered a "minor offense" and 47 percent considered it a "serious criminal offense."

    "Americans are quite divided, but it seems as if they are looking for a solution that involves some sort of legal documentation," said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research and Polling Inc., based in Albuquerque, N.M. He predicted that as the issue gets more attention in coming months, more Americans will start forming strong opinions.

    Both pro- and anti-immigration interests predicted opinion would move in their direction as people become better informed.

    Michelle Waslin, director of immigration policy research for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group, said that as people consider the specific requirements that immigrants would have to meet to obtain legal status, they are more supportive of the idea.

    Paul Egan, director of government relations for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors stricter immigration rules, said that when people fully understand the potential implications of the guest worker program, they will be more likely to oppose it.

    The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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    • #3
      This poll was conducted by fraudulent dirtnag supporters !

      Yesterday I asked few of my acquaintances at www.fairus.org meeting what they thought of dirtbags.
      Everyone instantly got furious and started chewing the table, chairs and just about anything that was in the room.
      I had 100% cheerful responce when I suggested to take shiploads of illegals into middle of the Ocean and and then just let them swim 5.000 miles to the nearest continent.
      We also calculated that at the rate of 100.000 dirtbags per ship, it would take only 12 shiploads of illegals to get rid of them all !!!

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      • #4
        Oh well, some folks don't know much about statistics. For a sample to be valid it must be big and diverse enough to reveal some existing pattern. By definition, clubs and support groups are no more than associations made of people who share a common interest. A sample restricted to such population is by no means valid.
        If you took a poll about the best team in baseball and restricted your sample to NY Yankees fans only, what would you get? Exactly!

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        • #5
          Anything short of brick ovens is an Amnesty !

          No AMNESTY to dirtbags !!!

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          • #6
            Why should we reward those who have shown NO respect for our laws? HOw is it fair to those waiting to immigrate legally to this country?
            If we give some half-a$$ed amnesty to 12 million scumbags, what are we going to do next year...and the next...and the next? These irresponsible slime won't be happy with this phony amnesty...there will be zillions more lining up, sneaking across our borders or committing fraud to get visas.
            My solution:
            We give the illegals one year from (say, tomorrow) to go to the nearest DHS office, register and then self-deport. They are barred for 2 years, after which they can apply for any kind of visa that they might be qualified for (no automatic granting of visas). Criminal aliens just get the boot...and good riddance.
            Those who don't take this last chance become deportable felons on day 366, subject to immediate arrest and immediate deportation (without any hearing or phony marriage....they are just put on a plane and sent home) even if intercepted by a meter maid or for having an overdue library book.
            This process will a)generate revenue for struggling airlines [and create or keep more jobs in that industry] b) prevent US taxpayers from paying large sums of money to deport these clowns c) show we are compassionate, but only to a degree and d)make the illegals pay the 'fine' with time....the one currency that is most dear to them. Forget the empty $2000 fine....that is a joke...it will never be collected (though the alleged revenue will be counted as a 'plus' for smoke and mirrors budgeting} and such a paltry sum just cheapens a visa or green card. Bribing officials for greenc ards is a felony; how is this $2000 fine any different than a bribe?
            We also sanction employers, $10,000 for the first offense (hiring illegals) 20K for the 2nd, etc, and just keep doubling it till they get the message.
            It is simple enough to verify SSNs and green cards.....so let's make everyone do it.
            And finally, no last-minute marriages 'for love' when these illegals are lining up at the airport....they are just gone for 2 years....period....no tears, no waivers, just a packed suitcase.
            The first thing that will happen, if this suggestion works, is that the approximate $30,000,000,000 of remittances sent back to Mexico and elsewhere by illegals will dry up...and thus put this money into OUR economy. If the illegals have this much money to send back to their own country to be spent on booze (rather than business development) they surely can afford a few hundred bucks for an airline ticket.

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            • #7
              Someone...I used to be one of those illegal aliens..so Isuppose to you I am still a scumbag.Idoubt telling you how i became illegal wouldnt matter to you because you have already decided that my disrespect for the laws created my past problems.
              I assume for those children that were smuggled here to be slaves who are also part of the scum...
              Icould go on. you are lower than the low.

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              • #8
                not interested in your phony stories. Whine whine whine.....that is all illegals do when confronted with something they don't understand....the truth.

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                • #9
                  Praise be to Someone12 !

                  lost in us, please get lost in mexico !

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