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    Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

    LAST Saturday, about 20 cities found themselves hosting parties to which few people came. Municipalities from Danbury, Conn., to Denton, Texas, were sites for nationally coordinated "Stop the Invasion" protests "” a series of rallies, often at day labor sites, decrying illegal immigration and flawed border policies. The lukewarm attendance said a lot about how most citizens view the role of immigration "” both legal and illegal "” in American culture.

    In Danbury, about 50 protesters showed up. Two dozen gathered outside a home-supply store in Glendale, Calif., but were quickly outnumbered by more than 100 immigrant-rights activists. In Denton, about a dozen protesters led by the Lone Star Minutemen ran into three dozen counter-protesters, among them members of the Denton County Democratic Party, Anti-Racist Action and the League of United Latin American Citizens.

    Considering many Americans' growing resentment of illegal immigration, the demonstrations' feeble turnout was surprising. Their concerns echo widely in Washington, where Congress is considering numerous proposals on how to reform immigration policy.

    On a symbolic level, the protesters were accurate in focusing their attention on day labor sites and home-improvement stores, where employers often find undocumented workers. Immigrants stream illegally into this country because almost all of them find work. While existing laws prohibit both the workers' illegal entry and the employers' hiring, in reality this legislation is largely ignored. As protest organizer Paul Streitz told the Bergen Country Record, "Additional laws will help, but what good would they be if there's no enforcement?"

    What the Minutemen and other Stop the Invasion devotees got wrong was the practical side: the tone and scope of many Americans' view of illegal immigration. Recent studies consistently show that most Americans are indeed concerned about border security and illegal immigration. Last month, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 56 percent of Americans think illegal immigrants have done more to hurt the country than help it. But surveys and other evidence also show that Americans have mixed feelings about how to enforce existing law, particularly as it applies to undocumented workers already here. A Scripps Howard poll last month showed that by a 50-40 margin, Americans favor a guest worker program for laborers now in the country. The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm, found that 78 percent of potential Republican voters backed the idea of earned legalization with possible citizenship.

    The surveys on attitudes about illegal immigration are appearing thick and fast "” and are full of contradictions. But the drowsy rallies that were meant to be national uprisings seem to translate all these numbers into at least two truths. Most Americans don't seem interested in bullying ordinary workers to protest U.S. policies. Instead, they seem to be weighing compassion, common sense and economics, and demanding action from the proper source "” their lawmakers.

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    Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

    LAST Saturday, about 20 cities found themselves hosting parties to which few people came. Municipalities from Danbury, Conn., to Denton, Texas, were sites for nationally coordinated "Stop the Invasion" protests "” a series of rallies, often at day labor sites, decrying illegal immigration and flawed border policies. The lukewarm attendance said a lot about how most citizens view the role of immigration "” both legal and illegal "” in American culture.

    In Danbury, about 50 protesters showed up. Two dozen gathered outside a home-supply store in Glendale, Calif., but were quickly outnumbered by more than 100 immigrant-rights activists. In Denton, about a dozen protesters led by the Lone Star Minutemen ran into three dozen counter-protesters, among them members of the Denton County Democratic Party, Anti-Racist Action and the League of United Latin American Citizens.

    Considering many Americans' growing resentment of illegal immigration, the demonstrations' feeble turnout was surprising. Their concerns echo widely in Washington, where Congress is considering numerous proposals on how to reform immigration policy.

    On a symbolic level, the protesters were accurate in focusing their attention on day labor sites and home-improvement stores, where employers often find undocumented workers. Immigrants stream illegally into this country because almost all of them find work. While existing laws prohibit both the workers' illegal entry and the employers' hiring, in reality this legislation is largely ignored. As protest organizer Paul Streitz told the Bergen Country Record, "Additional laws will help, but what good would they be if there's no enforcement?"

    What the Minutemen and other Stop the Invasion devotees got wrong was the practical side: the tone and scope of many Americans' view of illegal immigration. Recent studies consistently show that most Americans are indeed concerned about border security and illegal immigration. Last month, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 56 percent of Americans think illegal immigrants have done more to hurt the country than help it. But surveys and other evidence also show that Americans have mixed feelings about how to enforce existing law, particularly as it applies to undocumented workers already here. A Scripps Howard poll last month showed that by a 50-40 margin, Americans favor a guest worker program for laborers now in the country. The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm, found that 78 percent of potential Republican voters backed the idea of earned legalization with possible citizenship.

    The surveys on attitudes about illegal immigration are appearing thick and fast "” and are full of contradictions. But the drowsy rallies that were meant to be national uprisings seem to translate all these numbers into at least two truths. Most Americans don't seem interested in bullying ordinary workers to protest U.S. policies. Instead, they seem to be weighing compassion, common sense and economics, and demanding action from the proper source "” their lawmakers.

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      A Scripps Howard poll last month showed that by a 50-40 margin, Americans favor a guest worker program for laborers now in the country. The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm, found that 78 percent of potential Republican voters backed the idea of earned legalization with possible citizenship.
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      THIS PARAGRAPH ABOVE, SHOWS US THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, INDEED SUPPORT A GUEST WORKER PRORAM AND EVEN "AMNESTY" TO THE ONE THAT HAVE BEEN LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES FOR A LONG TIME.

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      • #4
        A Scripps Howard poll last month showed that by a 50-40 margin, Americans favor a guest worker program for laborers now in the country. The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm, found that 78 percent of potential Republican voters backed the idea of earned legalization with possible citizenship.

        A Scripps Howard poll last month showed that by a 50-40 margin, Americans favor a guest worker program for laborers now in the country. The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm, found that 78 percent of potential Republican voters backed the idea of earned legalization with possible citizenship.

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          A Scripps Howard poll last month showed that by a 50-40 margin, Americans favor a guest worker program for laborers now in the country. The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm, found that 78 percent of potential Republican voters backed the idea of earned legalization with possible citizenship.

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            Take a look at the poll, Albatross. It was of likely Republican voters ONLY, not Americans in general, and there are quite a few problems with it. The key questions dealing with a multi-pronged program including enforcement and legalization found that a majority of respondents objected to the program because of the legalization and citizenship provisions. The 78 percent you're referring to is one later question and the results directly conflict with the previous ones--i.e., the poll lacks internal validity (doesn't measure what it purports to, attitudes toward legalization). It's like when you took a test in school--it might have different questions to get at the same thing: your understanding of a particular concept. You should respond consistently to the questions no matter how they're worded, or the questions aren't measuring what they're supposed to.

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