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New Poll: Majority of Americans Want Illegal Immigrants to Head Back to Home Countries

lvega Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 3:45 PM
Over the last 50 years, the United States has raised the education level of its adult population dramatically. Whereas in 1960 half of US-born working-age adults had not completed high school, today the figure is just 8 percent. Though the share of low- skilled native-born individuals in the US labor force has fallen, employers continue to require less-educated workers in US agriculture, construction, food processing, building cleaning and maintenance, and other low-end jobs. Immigrants, unauthorized immigrants in particular, have stepped in to provide a ready source of manpower. Unauthorized immigrant workers have been an important source of low-skilled labor supply to the US economy for many decades. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that
lvega Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 3:46 PM
the number of unauthorized immigrants in the US
labor force was 8.3 million in 2008, up from 6.3 million in 2003 but down slightly from the
2007 peak of 8.5 million.3 Just as the 2002 to 2007 economic expansion increased
employment of unauthorized immigrants, the illegally resident labor force has stalled during
the current recession. The vast majority of unauthorized immigrants work in low-skilled
occupations, owing both to their immigration status and their low levels of schooling. Fortyseven
percent of unauthorized immigrants between 25 and 64 years of age have not
completed the equivalent of a US high school education; they account for 20 percent of
working-age adults in the United States with less than a high school degree. Unsurprisin
lvega Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 3:48 PM
unauthorized immigrants have a significant presence in industries intensive in the use of lowskilled
labor. In 2008, they represented 25 percent of farm workers, 19 percent of building
and maintenance staff, 17 percent of construction labor, 12 percent of employees in food
preparation and serving, 10 percent of production labor, and 5 percent of the total civilian
labor force.4 The US economy could no doubt survive the departure of these workers, but it
would cause disruptions in labor-intensive industries and the regions in which they are
concentrated.

A new poll released by the Center for Immigration Studies shows the majority of likely voters simply want illegal immigrants to head back to their home countries.

A new poll using neutral language — and avoiding the false choice of conditional legalization vs. mass
deportations
— finds that most Americans want illegal immigrants to return to their home counties,
rather than be given legal status. The findings also show a very large gap in intensity, with those who want
illegal immigrants to head home feeling much stronger about that option than those who would...