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Tomás Jiménez’s research on Americans’ views on immigration in the San Francisco Chronicle

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Americans’ views on immigration oppose those of President Trump

Americans’ attitudes toward immigrants are not what you might think. Unlike their president, Americans have generous views about immigration.

The Trump administration has moved on dark campaign promises. President Trump has stepped up immigration enforcement, is still pushing for a wall, wants to shrink the legal immigrant population, pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has upended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and is making the travel ban permanent.But as Trump makes life miserable for immigrant communities and the people connected to them, he’s acting in contradiction to how Americans view these issues. I don’t mean the protesters out in the streets. I mean everyday Americans living life beside immigrants all across the country, including in Silicon Valley.

Polling on immigration is clear. A large share of Americans support allowing the “Dreamers” to stay in the country legally — 87 percent, according to a recent CBS News Poll. An NBC/Survey Monkey poll found that 71 percent think that immigrants in general living in the U.S. without authorization ought to have a chance to legalize, a view that Americans have held for years. In some polls, even a majority of Republicans feel that way.

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