Voters in the state of California who participated in a survey conducted by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California showed that they would adamantly support any measure that would provide the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants a means of becoming legal citizens. That works out to almost three out of every four voters surveyed who favors a major overhaul of the current federal immigration policy that would favor unauthorized immigrants living in the United States.
Unaccompanied Children Still a Serious Issue
Despite the overwhelming support of legalization provisions for undocumented residents, however, there was significant disagreement among those polled over what should be done with the thousands of children who have been crossing the border coming from Central American countries and without any adult accompaniment. Almost half of the respondents favored the immediate deportation of unaccompanied children while a nearly equal number of respondents said that they should be able to remain in the country until their immigration court appearance.
The nearly even split represents the belief that the current presidential administration needs to not only take action on the matter but do so in such a way that won’t lead to more foreign nationals having incentive to make an attempt at crossing the border illegally. Representatives from the polling agencies stated that the results also show that California voters have a very high level of compassion for individuals and families who are living in the US illegally. Nevertheless, they still feel that the problem of illegal border crossing needs to be addressed. According to the poll reps, voters are indeed compassionate but they do not advocate an open border.
Border Patrol Facilities Not Wanted
According to the poll results, both voters as well as the California state electorate have developed a significant tolerance for illegal immigrants over the years, particularly since legislators passed Proposition 187 which prohibits undocumented immigrants from receiving services that are funded by taxpayers. But despite the fact that Proposition 187 was all but invalidated by the state courts after it was passed, more than 70 percent of the respondents in the poll believe that illegal immigration is a substantial problem for the state of California and for the United States. Additionally, there was very little disagreement on that particular point between those of different races, nationalities, income levels, or political affiliations.
The problem of unaccompanied children crossing the border has reached near-epidemic proportions despite decreasing numbers over the past few months. It has been the focal point of the current national debate on immigration and has been covered ad nauseum by the media. It has become so problematic, in fact, that residents in Murrieta, Texas this summer protested the lax policy by blocking federal busses that were transporting both adults and children who had crossed over illegally from Central American countries. The busses were carrying the immigrants a Border patrol facility. On this issue there was some discrepancy among races. Almost half of white respondent and 57 percent of black respondents would not want a Border Patrol facility in their community while only 41 percent of Latino respondents would not want one.
If you or someone you know is in need of legal counsel regarding an immigration issue, please contact the immigration attorney at the Lyttle Law Firm in Austin, Texas or call their offices at 512-215-5225.