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66 Percent Believe Illegal Immigration Hurts Conn.

A new poll commissioned by the Federation for American Immigration Reform reveals that most Connecticut residents believe overall immigration to the U.S. should be reduced.

Two-thirds, or 66 percent, of Connecticut residents that participated in a recent nationwide poll believe illegal immigration is hurting the Nutmeg State, according to a statement released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

The poll, which was commissioned by FAIR and conducted by Pulse Opinion Research last month, also reveals that 67 percent of Connecticut voters oppose in-state tuition aid for illegal aliens looking to attend public universities. There is a bill currently being considered by the state that would allow .

State Sen. Toni Boucher, a Republican who represents Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton in the 26th Senate District, told Patch last year that passing the bill would take away spots from citizens and legal aliens.

The poll also revealed that:

  • 68-percent believe the state should be involved in immigration enforcement
  • 39-percent believe illegal immigrants take jobs from American citizens, while 35-percent believe they fill jobs American workers will not do. 
  • 51-percent support reducing overall immigration to the U.S.

"It is clear that elected officials in Connecticut and most of the state's congressional delegation in Washington are out of step with the views of the people who put them in office," Dan Stein, president of FAIR, said in the statement.

According to FAIR, there are 120,000 illegal aliens currently living in Connecticut with 85,680 of them in the workforce.

Robin Kedroske January 30, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Well that's a No Brainer...ILLEGALS Do take jobs from American workers...Don't believe it, come on down to Houston, TX where we are positively INFESTED with ILLEGALS, they have completely taken over our Entire Construction industry (or the Mexican CRIME Gangs I should say)...ONLY Illegals are hired, dirt cheap, under the table cash...So Don't try to Pound Sand Up My Arse & Tell me that "they Only do jobs American's won't"--Cuz IF You believe that SWILL I have some Swamp Land in Fl. that I wanna sell ya....!!!
Trent N January 30, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Perhaps you should start blaming the companies that hire illegals instead of Americans who (rightfully) demand fair pay.
Resident January 31, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Blame the Companies for what? The Federal government chooses to ignore legal code in this area, and even goes out of their way to discourage enforcement. Our State government issues driver's licenses to illegal aliens and offers in-state tuition for any undocumented visitor to attend our colleges. And there are no taxes to be paid. We have created incentives for immigrants to permanently reside here and take our jobs. Not sure I am ready to blame any evil corporations, but it would be nice if I could enjoy all the benefits of living in the USA without paying taxes.
Eric Cameron January 31, 2012 at 08:49 PM
A century ago immigrants came to this country in droves for the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their family. Many arrived with nothing and nothing was provided to them. It was very easy to immigrate to America. What has changed? Today, illegal immigrants have access to free emergency healthcare, welfare for their children born here, K-12 education in our public schools, as well as other benefits. I don’t think it is compatible to have a country with all of the entitlements that we now have along with an unchecked flow of immigrants coming to gain access to those entitlements.
Amo Probus February 01, 2012 at 12:40 AM
What irks me is that we must actually pay salaries to the politicians and lawmakers who 'represent us!' while they actually represent someone else.

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