From Media Matters:
Based on the data, the views of the small anti-immigrant crowd are clearly in the minority (how ironic is it to use that term to describe them). For an anti-immigrant group (that was established almost a year ago) to only attract 80 people to their highly-advertised illegal-immigration forum last month should tell you that their views are clearly not those of the general public (FYI: the city population is aprox. 80,000) . The polling data from several different news outlets (including FOX News) only reinforces that point.
- An April 6-9 Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that 63 percent of respondents said they would prefer to "[l]et immigrants who have lived here a certain number of years apply for legal status and eventually become permanent citizens if they meet specific conditions, like paying a fine and back taxes." Twenty percent said they would prefer to "[d]eclare all illegal immigrants to be felons and not allow them to work here legally," and 14 percent stated a preference for letting illegal immigrants "pay a fee and work here for a limited number of years after which they'd have to leave the country."
- An April 6-9 CBS News poll found that 49 percent of those polled favor allowing illegal immigrants to apply for permits to stay and work in the United States; 43 percent opposed. Also, when CBS asked those polled if they would favor or oppose granting legal status to illegal immigrants who have "paid a fine, been in the U.S. for at least five years, paid any back taxes they owe, can speak English, and have no criminal record," 74 percent said they would favor allowing them to stay, while only 23 percent opposed.
- An April 4-5 Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll found that 69 percent of those asked said they would favor "[a]llowing illegal immigrants who have jobs in the United States to apply for legal, temporary-worker status," while only 25 percent opposed.
- A March 23-30 Time poll found that 72 percent of respondents believe that the United States should let illegal immigrants "get temporary work visas," while only 25 percent believe Congress should "make illegal immigration a crime and not allow anyone who entered the country illegally to work or stay in the U.S." The Time poll also found that 72 percent of respondents "favor allowing illegal immigrants in the U.S. citizenship if they learn English, have a job and pay taxes."
Based on this reliable and credible data, can someone please explain to me again why Nancy Johnson even bothered to meet with the anti-immigrant hate mongers as opposed to Mayor Boughton?
We'll have the full roundup of Nancy Johnson's visit to Danbury and after you're done, I promise you that you'll be asking yourself the same question.