Monday, May 3, 2010
The New York Times looks over new poll numbers on immigration and Arizona's SB 1070:
The overwhelming majority of Americans think that the country’s immigration policies need to be seriously overhauled. And despite protests against Arizona’s stringent new immigration enforcement law, a slim majority of Americans support it, even though they say it may lead to racial profiling.
But the poll — conducted April 28 through May 2 with 1,079 adults, and with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all adults — suggests Americans remain deeply conflicted about what to do.
The public broadly agrees, across party lines, that the United States could be doing more along its border to keep illegal immigrants out: 78 percent of respondents.
That unity, however, fractures on the question of what to do with illegal immigrants already here and the role of states in enforcing immigration law, normally a federal responsibility.