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How do Americans really view immigrants and immigration?

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2023 | Citizenship & Naturalization

Sometimes, honest, hard-working people decide not to come to the U.S. because they fear adversity and prejudice. That means these individuals lose an opportunity to escape persecution and build a better life.

If you are one of those who believe you will not be welcome here, it might be time to reconsider your opinion. The results of a 2021 immigration poll can show you how Americans really feel about immigrants.

You are wanted here

More than 90% of those polled say they support immigration and welcome foreign nationals to the country. Breaking it down further, 23% of poll participants support a “high level” of U.S. immigration, while only 9% of respondents favor no immigration at all.

You are neighbors, perhaps family

When asked how they feel about immigrants, more than 40% of the participants said they view them as neighbors. Nearly 20% reported a willingness to be friends with immigrants. Only 6% said they see foreign nationals as family, but that is a natural feeling for most about those they do not know personally.

You bring value to America

About half (on average) of those surveyed recognize that immigration is good for the nation.

  • Increases economic growth – 68%
  • Enriches U.S. values and culture – 61%
  • Strengthens the country (through talent and hard work) – 58%
  • Promotes diversity of thought – 49%

If you still believe you are not wanted here, you need not give up your dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. Instead, learn more about the immigration process and how Americans perceive foreign nationals. It is also wise to learn more about immigration laws and policies, preferably under the guidance of an experienced legal representative.