November 29, 2021

Americans can’t decide how they feel about immigrants

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rtr4f3acBy Dan Turkel From Business Insider

A recent study from the Pew Research Center revealed that Americans have some mixed feelings when it comes to incoming immigrants.

One public opinion poll asked Americans whether they felt that immigrants in the US had improved or harmed the country in several categories.

Fifty percent of respondents felt that immigrants are making the economy worse while only 28 percent felt that they are making it better.

Despite that, 29 percent felt that immigrants are improving the state of science and technology in the US while only 12 percent think they’re harming it. The majority — 56 percent — saw no effect in science and tech.

Another key concern was crime.

While Pew had previously found that native-born Americans and second-generation immigrants committed more crime than foreign-born immigrants, half of Americans said that immigrants in the US were making crime worse. Only 7% felt that crime was improving with immigration while 41% saw no difference.

When it comes to culture, those polled were far more positive.

Forty-nine percent of respondents said immigrants were making food, music, and the arts in the US better while only 11% said that culture had gotten worse.

IMAGE: Immigration Mike Blake/Reuters An anti-Obama protester sits outside Del Sol High School on November 21, 2014.

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