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Latest Gallup Poll Shows 62% Dissatisfied With Current Immigration Levels

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In the latest Gallup poll 62% of respondents are dissatisfied with the current level of immigration in the country. Out of the remaining respondents, 30% said they were satisfied and only 4% said they were very satisfied with the levels and wanted more.

For those that replied very satisfied only one other subject scored lower, the satisfaction level with the nation's current campaign finance laws.

When analyzing satisfied vs. dissatisfied immigration scored 25, fourth from last place. Other issues that placed below immigration in the satisfaction rankings were

  • The Social Security and Medicare systems
  • The nation's efforts to deal with poverty and homelessness
  • The availability of affordable healthcare
I would argue that if you solve the immigration issue the other 3 mentioned above would be greatly improved. Affordable healthcare is being affected as evidenced by the closures of Emergency Rooms in New Jersey and California because of uninsured illegal aliens flooding into them and sticking taxpayers with the bill. Another low scoring satisfaction level is with quality of healthcare. It's hard to be satisfied with health care when the hospitals are flooded and you have to wait for 3 hours.

Also noted recently in Barron's is an Underground Economy that consists of nearly $1 trillion dollars that is not taxed. Barron's concluded:

If the IRS could collect all the taxes it says that it is owed from the underground economy in a given year, then the current budget deficit would disappear overnight. And if the IRS could collect these taxes every year, then the nation would have surpluses as far as the eye can see.
Collecting all of the taxes on wages of illegal aliens would go a long way to dealing with poverty and homelessness and for the Social Security and Medicare issues mentioned above.

While solving the illegal immigration problem wouldn't relieve peoples dissatisfaction at the campaign finance reform laws, it would go a long way toward improving a lot of the issues you see people are dissatisfied with in the poll.

The full Gallup poll can be viewed here.

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Posted by Digger on January 17, 2005 06:36 AM (Permalink)

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But there's a good reason why so many illegal immigrants keep coming here -- jobs. They "take" crummy jobs at wages that Americans wouldn't accept. As long as employers keep hiring them, they'll keep coming. If the jobs were to dry up, so would the illegal immigration.

Posted by: Air Bear on January 18, 2005 06:46 PM

Yes Air Bear I agree. See my entry at:

It is in regards to a new bill being entered by Congressman David Dreier that would punish employers with a $50,000 fine and up to 5 years in jail for each offense of hiring an illegal alien

Posted by: Digger on January 18, 2005 11:57 PM

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