Americans Linking National Security with Immigration

February 20, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On February 20, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Americans' concerns over national security outweigh support for increasing immigration, even though most believe immigrants enhance society, according to a national poll released yesterday... More than a year after 9/11, Americans view immigration with regard to safety rather than a social and economic stance, according to the survey by New York's Hamilton College and polling firm Zogby International... While Americans have been historically welcoming to refugees -- people who are fleeing political, ethnic or religious persecution -- 70 percent of those polled said refugee levels should not be increased to pre-9/11 levels."