Americans reveal attitudes toward immigration in new poll

A new poll by Reuters found that Americans are concerned that the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are posing a threat to the country’s beliefs and customs. According to Reuters, 70 percent of Americans have this attitude toward those individuals who arrived in the country without proper documentation.

Reuters reported that 45 percent of those who participate in the poll said that the number of immigrants who are permitted to enter the U.S. should be lowered, while 38 percent said the number should stay the same. Only 17 percent of respondents to the poll said that more legal immigrants should be allowed to enter the U.S.

After Congress failed to come to an agreement about what to do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, President Barack Obama is considering taking executive action and issuing work permits to 5 million of those individuals while also delaying certain deportations.

Despite Congress not passing any immigration legislation before its August recess, 45 percent of those polled said that they did not believe President Obama should act on his own.

According to Reuters, if President Obama chooses to act on his own regarding immigration then those who lean toward the Republican side of the political spectrum may be more likely to vote in November. Republican lawmakers have accused President Obama of Using excessive executive action, and voted to file a lawsuit against him. The suit stated that he stepped over the line and abused his authority with certain pieces of the Affordable Care Act.

Billy Roy from Manchester, New Hampshire, told Reuters that neither Congress nor President Obama needed to act on immigration.

“It doesn’t matter,” he told the source. “Enforce the laws that we have here now.”