The vital immigration policies initiated by the US President, Donald Trump such as the travel ban, the calls to increase deportation and removal and plan for a border wall are opposed by the residents of California. These incredible facts were revealed in a survey report recently revealed by the Public Policy Institute of California.
The opposition on these vital decisions varies in intensity throughout the state and it is most intense in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties as well as the Inland Empire. Interestingly, Inland Empire is home to the largest population of undocumented immigrants present in the state.
Survey’s authors wrote that a strong majority of Californians today say that undocumented immigrants living in the country should be given a chance to stay and apply for citizenship eventually. The respondents of the survey were 1,706 California adults. Some of the key findings of the survey are listed right here:
- More than 70 percent respondents in Los Angeles and Inland empire and over 60 percent of respondents from Orange and San Diego counties think that undocumented immigrants that are currently residing in the US should be allowed to stay here. They should also be allowed to eventually apply for citizenship. This number was 68 percent statewide.
- About 12 percent respondents in the Los Angeles are and the Inland Empire, as well as 15 percent in Orange and San Diego counties, think that undocumented citizens should be allowed to stay but they should not be allowed to get citizenship.
- Approximately three in four adults in Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties are against the idea of creating a wall along the U.S-Mexican border. This opposition is just 68 percent in the Inland Empire.
- Almost 63 percent adults in the Los Angeles area and 57 percent adults in the Orange and San Diego counties do not like the revised executive order of Trump banning most people entering the U.S. from nations such as Libya, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.
Party affiliation did play a major role in beliefs of the respondents as approximately 56 percent of the Republicans agree that undocumented immigrants should be allowed to remain in the country while 92 percent of Democrats agree to the same. Similarly, 92 percent of the democrats opposed the travel ban while 68 percent of the Republicans supported it.
The survey also revealed that most respondents thought immigration was not a top issue for the state as just 16 percent respondents believed the same. About 20 percent of the respondents believed that jobs and economy were most important issues while other respondents were more concerned about issues like schools, healthcare, and the environment.
These results clearly demonstrate that Californians have a greater tolerance for immigrants which might be due to the fact that a lot of immigrants call it their home. As per a report shared by Public Policy Institute of California a few days back, California was a home to over 2.6 million undocumented immigrants in the year 2013 which included 814,000 in Los Angeles County, 170,000 in San Diego County, 124,000 in Riverside County, 118,000 in San Bernardino County and 247,000 in Orange County.
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