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Our Own Agenda :: Immigration

A YES! Take on What Americans Want

President Barack Obama faces huge challenges as he takes office. But he's got one asset that is rarely mentioned. Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to foreign policy. “Ten Policies for a Better America” shows an agenda a majority supports—whether we vote red, blue, or some other political color.

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  • Implement trade policies that strengthen, not undermine, rural economies south of the border, reducing the poverty and displacement that spur migration. Start by ditching NAFTA.

  • Increase minimum wage and worker protection for all, documented and undocumented.

  • Provide a pathway to legal status and citizenship for immigrants already here.


56%
Believe NAFTA should be renegotiated.

64%
Believe that on the whole, immigration is good for the country.


80%

Favor allowing undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. to stay and apply for citizenship if they have a job and pay back taxes.


Sources


Index


YES Archive button Reclaiming Corn and Culture

What's driving people north across the U.S. border? Wendy Call looks at the fallout from NAFTA and how cooperatives in Mexico are providing new hope.
YES! Magazine #46, A Just Foreign Policy

YES Archive button Check Your Rights at the Border

Justin Akers Chacón looks at conditions for those crossing the border, and at what happens to human rights for immigrants caught trying to cross.
YES! Magazine #41, Is the U.S. Ready for Human Rights?

YES Archive button Alternatives to a Wall

A look at immigration in the wake of the 2006 mass demonstrations.
YES! Magazine #38, 5,000 Years of Empire

YES Archive button Inviting Immigrants Out of the Shadows

Detailed common-sense solutions to immigration issues from Enlaces América, a support center for Latino and Caribbean immigrant organizations based in Chicago, and the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.
YES! Magazine #38, 5,000 Years of Empire

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IMMIGRATION

56% BELIEVE NAFTA SHOULD BE RENEGOTIATED. ::
These national surveys of 1,000 Adults and 1,000 Likely Voters were conducted by Rasmussen Reports on June 12-13, 2008 and June 16, 2008. Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points.
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/general_politics_toplines/toplines_free_trade_june_16_2008

80% FAVOR ALLOWING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ALREADY LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES TO STAY AND APPLY FOR U.S. CITIZENSHIP IF THEY HAVE A JOB AND PAY BACK TAXES. ::
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 4-6, 2007. N=1,028 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
www.pollingreport.com/immigration.htm

64% BELIEVE THAT ON THE WHOLE, IMMIGRATION IS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY. ::
Gallup Poll. June 5-July 6, 2008. N=1,935 adults nationwide, including oversamples of blacks and Hispanics weighted to reflect their proportions in the general population. MoE ± 4.
www.pollingreport.com/immigration.htm


 

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Sarah van Gelder wrote this article as part of Purple America, the Fall 2008 issue of YES! Magazine. Research by Noah Grant. Sarah is executive editor and Noah is editorial assistant at YES! Magazine. Photos of Sarah van Gelder and Noah Grant
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