Survey of Public Opinion Regarding Immigrants and Immigration

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Survey of Public Opinion Regarding Immigrants and Immigration

My perspective on the issue of US immigration is different than most Americans because I came to the United States as an immigrant. Firsthand, I know what it's like to stand in long lines at the immigration office, hoping to have my number called to speak with a screening officer. I know how hard it is to survive the jobless 6-month parole period while waiting for an immigration interview. And I know what it's like to have my immigration application denied due to technicality. I sympathize with people coming to the US because I know the system is not easy to navigate.

For these reasons, I contacted 30 people and asked the following question: "Should the relatives of
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These were the conditions of my immigration and I expected most people to support this view.

Next, I expected all respondents born outside the US to be in favor of allowing relatives of immigrants into the US. Some time in the future, this group of people could be active in sponsoring their own relatives in coming to the United States.

Finally, I anticipated approximately 10% of Caucasian men to oppose additional immigration of any kind. One possible reason is that they could feel threatened by continuing support for affirmative action measures.

This exercise in polling 30 people showed me that surveying is an extremely time consuming exercise, especially when you personally know the people being polled. Respondents, in my case friends and family, initially wanted to know the purpose of the poll and after giving their response and reasons, went on to chit-chat about other things. Most conversations lasted for 10 to 20 minutes. This equates to 5 to 10 hours on the telephone or in interviews. A small amount of time was salvaged when one person responded by e-mail. When conducting future surveys, I intend to try to keep the conversations focused on the questions and not on other things.

Overall, my predictions were accurate. Eighty-three (83%) percent of participants agreed that relatives of immigrants should be allow to move to the US. A further 13% answered "maybe" and went on to qualify their answer with conditions. Only one person, or 3% of

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