Legal Immigrants and the Issue of Illegal Immigration

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A coalition of ethnic media outlets has conducted a poll of 800 legal immigrants from 43 countries speaking nine different languages. A majority said an anti-immigrant sentiment is growing in the United States that could be a threat--even to people with green cards, visas and recent citizenship. Solid majorities oppose criminalizing the undocumented or building a wall along the Mexican border. Eighty-one percent said illegal immigrants help the economy by taking low-wage jobs that Americans don't want. How do legal immigrants here in Southern California feel about the recent demonstrations? We ask three naturalized Americans -- an Iranian, Armenian and Russian, and a first generation American of Chinese descent.

Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (HR 4437)

Caspar Weinberger

Lyn Nofziger



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton