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A new national poll conducted after passage of the Arizona immigration law provides a predictably complicated picture of Americans' attitudes toward immigration.

There's only one clear result from the New York Times/CBS News poll: Vast majority of respondents believe U.S. immigration policies are flawed and need to be overhauled. A resounding 78 percent said the federal government should do more to secure the U.S. border.

On more specific policy points, the response was more divided. A slight majority (51 percent) said the Arizona law was "about right" in dealing with illegal immigration.

An excerpt from the N.Y. Times story:

Although the respondents broadly agreed that the Arizona law would result in racial profiling, overburden local and state law enforcement agencies and decrease the willingness of illegal immigrants to report crimes for fear of deportation, large majorities said it would reduce the number of illegal immigrants in the state, deter illegal border crossings and, to a lesser extent, reduce crime.
Some attitudes about immigration have remained stable among the public. Most still say illegal immigrants weaken the nation's economy rather than strengthen it, and public opinion remains divided over how the United States should handle illegal immigrants currently in the country.

But American attitudes toward the law and whether illegal immigrants already here should have a path to citizenship differed markedly across regions and parties. Westerners and Northeasterners, for example, are significantly more likely than those in other regions to say the recent law in Arizona goes too far. And Democrats are much more likely than Republicans or independents to support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants now in the country.

http://blogs.chron.com/immigration/arch ... ity_i.html
#333458
Nov. 29) -- Mexican police say a suspected leader of the Aztecas street gang has been captured and has confessed to ordering most of the killings in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, including the deadly ambush of a pregnant U.S. consulate worker and her husband last March.

Alleged Aztecas boss Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, or "El Farmero," told police he was responsible for 80 percent of the killings in the city since 2009 and played a role in a birthday party massacre that left 15 teenagers dead, Mexican police said in a news conference Sunday. Juarez is the most deadly site in the turf wars between the country's violent drug cartels.

"He is in charge of the whole organization of Los Aztecas in Ciudad Juarez," Luis Cardenas Palomino, chief of the regional security division of the federal police, told reporters, according to the BBC. "All instructions for murders in Ciudad Juarez pass through him

Mexican police said Gallegos is also suspected in the killings of five federal officers and in the slaying of the wife of Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo, a gang leader who was arrested in July. Gallegos, 32, was arrested in the United States in 1996 on drug charges, according to El Universal, a Mexican newspaper.



http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/po ... k2%7C28427
#333471
paesano wrote:Some attitudes about immigration have remained stable among the public. Most still say illegal immigrants weaken the nation's economy rather than strengthen it,


This is interesting. If you had to guess, what percentage of the population do you think has enough understanding of macroeconomics and the role that illegal immigrants play in the economy to offer an opinion? I'm guessing low single digits. Look at the other site. People complaining about inflation numbers being bogus while they don't understand the basics of how the CPI is calculated.
#333472
Stinky Pete wrote:

This is interesting. If you had to guess, what percentage of the population do you think has enough understanding of macroeconomics and the role that illegal immigrants play in the economy to offer an opinion?

This is pure speculation

I'm guessing low single digits.

That is correct! You are guessing!

Look at the other site. People complaining about inflation numbers being bogus while they don't understand the basics of how the CPI is calculated.

Instead of trying to sidetrack us with how the CPI is calculated; let's get back to the subject at hand. Let's stay focused on why the border needs to be secured. Read the following and see what Mexican women must endure when crossing the border. What do you think we should do about this?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 739AA0u3H4
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ElephantInTheRoom wrote:Instead of trying to sidetrack us with how the CPI is calculated; let's get back to the subject at hand. Let's stay focused on why the border needs to be secured. Read the following and see what Mexican women must endure when crossing the border. What do you think we should do about this?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 739AA0u3H4
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THANK YOU ! :wink:
#333486
I never made any statements (unless maybe in response to one of yours...) about rape, drug trafficking, or whatever else. All I did was offer a reason for why the government isn't in a hurry to secure the border. If you want to talk about those other things, knock yourself out, but please stop trying to link them to me.
#333487
Stinky Pete wrote:All I did was offer a reason for why the government isn't in a hurry to secure the border.


How do you know why the government isn't securing the border? Once again this is speculation, and you are just guessing.
#333492
U.S. Border Watch was created to bring awareness and action in the fight to secure both our Northern and Southern borders. Our primary focus is to garner media attention and ask politicians to impose real, substantial solutions in the critical fight to secure our Nation.
U.S. Border Watch is a citizens' action group whose primary missions are to stem illegal entry into the United States and to defend the sovereignty and freedoms of our Nation, with respect for human rights and without regard for race, creed, sex, or national origin.

U.S. Border Watch is determined to change the hearts and minds in Washington to protect the sovereignty of this Nation and to secure this Nation against another attack like 9/11.

Unfortunately, we need look no further than the amnesty plan the President and Senate have been trying to force down our throats. This plan would give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens including violent gangs members. This is simply unacceptable.

It's time for our elected leaders in Washington to understand that we don't need more laws, we need more enforcement of the ones we have. For over 20 years we have been promised a secure border, and you would have thought after 9/11 we would have got it. But to this day our borders are as porous as ever. This countries leadership is selling us out for a few more votes, or a few more campaign dollars.

It's time to tell our leaders in Washington we want our borders secured. We are doing our part, but we desparately need your help. You can do your part by supporting U.S. Border Watch.