Monday, June 22, 2009

Recent Poll by Progressives for Immigration Reform Shows Concern Among Liberals and Progressives Over Current Immigration Levels

/PRNewswire/ -- A nationwide poll of 600 self-indentified liberals and progressives shows that liberals are concerned about the current levels of immigration into the United States and the harmful effect that current immigration policies are having on U.S. population growth, the environment, and the availability of jobs. The poll was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC in April 2009.

Key findings of the poll revealed:

-- Sixty seven percent of liberals and progressives felt the level of
population growth caused by immigration negatively impacts the quality
of life in the United States.
-- Fifty eight percent felt that the current levels of immigration are
harmful to the environment.
-- Sixty three percent said that current levels of immigration hurts job
prospects for American workers.

-- With regard to undocumented workers already here, the poll revealed
that self-identified liberals are split over whether illegal
immigrants should be offered an amnesty. Fifty three percent were in
support of a pathway to citizenship and forty five percent were
opposed.


"The results of this poll demonstrate what many on the political left have known for some time. Immigration is not a partisan issue. There are many progressives and liberals that are concerned about the unintended consequences that large scale immigration has on the environment, economy, and other issues that many liberals are concerned about," says Leah Durant, Executive Director of Progressives for Immigration Reform. "It is time to take this issue off the back burner. We need to talk frankly about the effects of immigration and find solutions that benefit both Americans and the global community."

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