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Immigration In US – Strengthen more than burden it majority says, but Republicans and Democrats have never been further apart

The American public’s views of the impact immigrants have on the country remain largely positive – and deeply partisan.

As in recent years, a majority (62%) say immigrants strengthen the country because of their hard work and talents. Just 28% say immigrants are a burden on the country because they take jobs, housing and health care, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center.

These attitudes have changed little in the past few years, but they are very different from a quarter-century ago. In 1994, attitudes were nearly the reverse of what they are today: 63% of Americans said immigrants burdened the country and 31% said they strengthened it.

Republicans and Democrats have never been further apart in their views of immigrants than they are currently. Democrats and those who lean to the Democratic Party overwhelmingly say immigrants are a strength to the nation (83% say this); just 11% say immigrants burden the United States. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 38% say immigrants strengthen the country, while nearly half (49%) say they burden it.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Immigrants strengthen US more than burden it, say majority of Americans | Pew Research Center

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