[Ed. – It’s awfully unserious to report these survey findings as if there’s no accounting for them. Illegal immigration, policies that discourage assimilation of new immigrants, and wildly unsafe immigration practices in the last few years, are manifestly major problems for the country. Average Americans are now living with that reality every day. It’s not hypothetical for them; it’s visible, local, and inescapable in their lives. It’s changing their landscape for the worse. Of course they’re down on immigration across the board.]
Sixty-one percent of Americans agree that “continued immigration into the country jeopardizes the United States,” according to a new poll commissioned by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney that revealed pessimism across a wide range of issues.
The degree of concern is remarkable considering that the question was about all immigration, including the legal kind. Even Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he supports legal immigration into the U.S. …
What is clear is that Americans are more down on immigration than in past eras. As recently as 2002, the Harris Poll found that only 1 percent of Americans mentioned immigration, including refugees, when asked to name the two most important issues for the government to address. That rose to 19 percent last year.