A plurality of Americans say immigration makes the country “worse”.
Polling data reveals a significant 28-point shift since the end of 2019 in public judgment of the value of decades-long government policy aimed at attracting economic migrants into American society.
Thirty-five percent of respondents said immigration makes the United States ‘worse’, while 31% said immigration makes the United States ‘better’, according to the July 23-26 poll. to 1,500 citizens.
“The number of Americans who think immigration has made America worse off has nearly doubled in less than three years, while the percentage who think it has made America better off has dropped by nearly a quarter,” noted Andrew Arthur, a former immigration judge. who now works with the Center for Immigration Studies. He added:
What could explain this change? The most obvious explanation is [President Joe Biden’s] wave of migrants that created a humanitarian and national security catastrophe on the southwestern border.
In a previous YouGov poll in September 2019, the “Worst” number was 19% and the “Better” number was 43%.
The turnaround from 2019 to 2022 represents a 28 point change in views.
In both polls, 37% chose “Not sure” or “It doesn’t make much difference.”
The same pro-American shift is seen in other polls as Biden opens the southern border to a huge wave of around two million migrants. This wave is driving down Americans’ wages, driving up their rents, and reducing investment in the workplace.
For example, Gallup reported on February 8 that only 27% of Americans want increased immigration, while 38% want reduced migration. This is a change of 12 points since January 2019, when these figures were almost at the level of 30% and 29%.
An April 2021 survey by the pro-migration Bipartisan Policy Center found a 19-point change from a 2020 poll. “The share of adults who say immigrants have hurt states’ long-term economic recovery States after COVID-19 has increased from 25% to 40% (+15%) since May 2020,” the center said. The number of “helpers” fell from 28% to 23%.
The YouGov poll showed Hispanics split evenly – 32% for “Better off” and 30% for “Worst off.”
YouGov’s leading numbers also show the growing polarization between President Joe Biden’s body of pro-migration progressives and the growing base of GOP United States voters.
For example, YouGov asked respondents if they would “support more immigration – even if it means it’s harder for other workers to get raises.”
Fifteen percent of all respondents said they would “strongly” support wage reduction migration. That 15% included 23% Democrats, 28% Liberals and 23% voters who supported Biden in 2020.
By contrast, pay-cut migration is only supported by 9% of Republicans, 8% of conservatives, and 7% of Trump voters in 2020.
On the other side of the question, 23% of all respondents strongly oppose wage reduction migration.
This “strongly opposed” group included only 20% Democrats, 9% Liberals and 12% Biden voters.
But it also included 40% of Trump voters, 39% of Republicans and 38% of conservatives.
The “strongly” numbers are politically significant because they suggest the issue shapes voters’ voting choices.
If the GOP dares to try, there are plenty of opportunities for the GOP to increase the number of “strongly opposed” by pushing an anti-immigration portfolio message to the “somewhat opposed” and “somewhat supportive” subgroups. “.
For example, the potentially accessible “Somewhat Supportive” group includes 24% of all respondents, 24% Independents and 20% Democrats.
The weak “somewhat supportive” cohort could also be moved by a pocket pitch. This group includes 21% of all voters, 29% of Democrats and 18% of independents.
But threats from deep-pocketed donors have led GOP leaders to deny any recognition of the pocket costs of migration.
The defensive attitude of the leaders coexists with their eagerness to talk about the financial damage of inflation and wages. For example, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel pointedly dodged any mention of the pocket costs of migration in her August 10 article touting the 2024 GOP convention in Wisconsin:
From skyrocketing prices, to rising violent crime and deadly drugs crossing an open border, to the indoctrination in our children’s classrooms, Democrats have failed the American people at every turn.
Republicans offer another vision. We want to cut your taxes, not raise them, and we’ll free up American energy to cut costs at the pump. We will always support our police, hold criminals accountable, and give law enforcement the tools they need to keep our communities safe. We want parents to play a role in the education of their children and ensure that young students are not bombarded with radical and inappropriate curricula.
But she included a pro-migration whistle to her party donors:
Above all, Republicans celebrate America because we understand that this nation is – and always will be – the shining city on the hill that the rest of the world holds up as an example of freedom and opportunity.
In the YouGov poll, respondents’ income did not shape responses “strongly” to the question about down-wage migration.
For example, people earning less than $50,000 a year split 15% “strongly in favor” versus 25% “strongly opposed” when asked about migration to reduce wages. The numbers for support and opposition were exactly the same among Americans earning $100,000 or more.
But the poll showed stark divisions between blue-collar and white-collar workers.
Salary cut migration was strongly supported by 9% of white K-12 graduates and 16% of white college graduates. It was strongly opposed by 29% of white K-12 graduates and 21% of white college graduates.
The poll did not provide enough detail to show whether some of the white college graduates would be incentivized to support the GOP in exchange for a promise to rein in Fortune 500 visa programs that eviscerate segments of the white-collar professional sector. Some GOP lawmakers have begun to defend white-collar Americans against the Fortune 500’s use of visas.
Extractive migration policy is at the heart of the US economy. Politics extracts human material – migrants – from poor countries and uses them as workers, tenants and consumers to transfer vast wealth from ordinary people to billionaires and Wall St.
Since at least 1990, the DC establishment has extracted tens of millions of legal and illegal migrants – as well as workers on temporary visas – from poor countries to serve as workers, managers, consumers and tenants for various American investors and CEOs.
This policy of labor inflation makes it difficult for ordinary Americans to get married, advance in their careers, raise a family, or buy a home.
Extractive migration slows innovation and reduces Americans’ productivity, in part because it allows employers to drive up stock prices by using cheap labor rather than technology that boosts productivity. productivity.
Migration undermines employee rights in the workplace and widens regional wealth gaps between the Democrats’ big coastal states and the Republicans’ heartland and southern states. The flood of cheap labor is tipping the economy into low-productivity jobs and has forced at least ten million American men out of the labor force.
An economy based on extractive migration also drains Americans’ political influence on elites, alienates young people, and radicalizes Americans’ democratic civic culture because it allows wealthy elites to ignore Desperate Americans at the bottom of society.
Economic policy is supported by progressives who wish to transform the United States from a society ruled by a civic culture of European descent into an empire ruled by progressives from competitive and resentful identity groups. “We are trying to become the world’s first multi-racial, multi-ethnic superpower,” Rep. Rohit Khanna (D-CA) said. New York Times in March 2022. “It will be an extraordinary achievement…we will eventually triumph,” he boasted.
Progressive corporate-backed advocates to hide this extractive migration economic policy behind a wide variety of lofty-sounding explanations and theatrical agendas of border security. Thus, progressives argue that the United States is a “nation of immigrants,” that migration is good for migrants, and that the state must renew itself by replacing populations.
Many polls show that the public wants to welcome some immigration – but they also show the deep and wide public opposition to labor migration and the influx of temporary workers into jobs sought by young graduates Americans.
This “third rail” opposition is growing, protesting, multiracial, heterosexual, non-racist, class, bipartisan, rationalpersevering, and recognizes the solidarity that American citizens owe to each other.