The Center for Immigration Studies, an anti-immigration group with a record of intolerance, has a new poll it claims can disprove virtually every other survey on earned citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Their poll claims a majority of Americans prefer undocumented immigrants to be deported over legalized, which is coincidentally the exact position the Center for Immigration Studies takes. The Center for Immigration Studies was among the first of the far right’s anti-immigration groups to blast the bipartisan Senate plan as “amnesty,” as it ramps up the same efforts it used in 2007 to help defeat a reform package. And its the same group that once argued immigrants in the U.S. are responsible for global warming.
The firm that conducted the Center for Immigration Studies’ poll, Pulse Opinion Research, is a subsidiary of Rasmussen Reports. It allows anyone to commission a survey using an automated computer phone-calling system — a tactic that can heavily skew results. Polling expert Mark Blumenthal said Rasmussen, which has identical methodology, “manages to violate nearly everything I was taught what a good survey should do.”
Some of the questions they asked participants included:
— Would you be more likely to vote for a political party that supports enforcing immigration laws or a political party that supports legalizing illegal immigrants?
–Which of the following best reflects your views of low-wage jobs that require relatively little education — America needs large number of immigrants to fill these jobs because there are not enough Americans willing to do them OR there are plenty of Americans to do such jobs, if employers can’t find workers they should play more and treat workers better?
— Some politicians are pushing for legislation that would give the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country citizenship. Is the main reason they are pushing for this legislation because they are pandering to Hispanics OR because they are generally concerned about illegal immigrants?
— Do you agree or disagree that giving legal status to illegal immigrants does not solve the problem because rewarding law breaking will only encourage more illegal immigration in the future?
Looking at all of the recent polling, it is clear that Americans embrace a pathway to citizenship.
A Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday “found that 56 percent of voters think undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States and eventually apply for citizenship, while only 10 percent say they should be able to stay but not become citizens.” And a Gallup poll earlier this week found more than 7 in 10 Americans agree immigrants should earn legalization or citizenship, including 59 percent of Republicans. Similar findings have been confirmed by the Associated Press-GfK, CNN, SEIU/America’s Voice, NBC News/Wall Street Journal, and Fox News.
Immigration reform with citizenship is also essential to the economy. A path to citizenship would increase the nation’s gross domestic product by $1.5 trillion in the next decade, raise wages for everyone, and lead to between $4.5 and $5.4 billion in increased tax revenue. By comparison, mass deportation would cost the U.S. would cost $285 billion over five years.