American Opinion of Immigrants: Different from Trump’s (New Study)

If you were to gauge the opinion of immigrants amongst American citizens by the way the federal government runs immigration policy, you would think that American’s hate immigrants. We have been reporting lately that the Trump administration has –as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic– been ramping up restrictions on immigration. And, of course, we are all familiar with the President’s vulgar rhetoric on the topic of immigration.

However, the way the President and his administration speak about immigration and the way that they are against immigration in their policy is not representative of the American population at all.

A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center states most American’s think that immigrants –of all sorts– are a necessary component of American society. When I say “most”, I mean 77% of the U.S. population that consists of U.S. citizens. This means that even many of the President’s constituents believe that immigrants are important!

What exactly is this important to them? Well, fundamentally, it is the fact that immigrants –legal and illegal– take on the jobs that most Americans do not want. This opinion is consistent across all demographic groups in the United States. Things like agriculture and food services are examples of these jobs.

This opinion, shared by most Americans, runs directly counter to the vulgar rhetoric of the Trump administration, which states that all of the jobs are being taken away by immigrants. According to the same study, American opinion is essentially in line with the facts: immigrants do take U.S. jobs, but the jobs U.S. citizens do not want to do. In doing so, they actually open up more opportunities for U.S. citizens to pursue jobs that they would actually like to pursue.

We can see, quite easily then, the absurdity of increasing restrictions on immigration. U.S. society needs immigrants to function.

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