There’s no doubt that Americans are concerned about the issue. “A growing number believe that immigrants are a burden to the country, taking jobs and housing and creating strains on the healthcare system,” the Pew Hispanic Center wrote recently. “Many people also worry about the cultural impact of the expanding number of newcomers in the US.”
Between 2000 and 2006, for example, the percentage of those polled who feel that immigrants are a burden because they take jobs and housing grew from 38 percent to 52 percent. At the same time, those who feel that immigrants “strengthen the US with their hard work and talents” dropped from 50 percent to 41 percent. In just the past 15 months, those who say “the growing number of newcomers from other countries threaten traditional American customs and values” has grown from 40 percent to 48 percent. Meanwhile, those who say newcomers “strengthen American society” has dropped from 50 percent to 45 percent.
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