The Washington Post recently ran an interesting article titled: “More say immigrants strengthen than burden their countries, according to survey of 18 nations.”
The article states that “majorities of people in countries that have accepted many of the world’s migrants say that immigrants strengthen their countries rather than burden them….And on several questions, Americans offered more positive opinions on immigrants than those in other countries.”
“A median of 56 percent of people said immigrants were a strength to their country while 38 percent said immigrants were a burden. In the United States, opinions didn’t differ much from countries overall: 59 percent said immigrants make a country stronger, while 34 percent said immigrants are a burden.” (It appears that 7% were undecided.)
The poll comes out at an interesting time as “leaders from Washington to Rome have sought to restrict the flow of migrants into their countries”.
Anecdotally, I have seen that immigrants to the U.S. have been a strength to our country. Many times I am involved with clients for years as they go through the fiance visa process, the green card process, the removing of conditions on their green cards process and then the US. Citizenship process. During these years I am in contact with the clients. I see the clients legally working, paying their taxes, rearing their families, and being productive members of our society. It is a great feeling when I run into clients around town and I see, first hand, how they are acclimating to our country.
Lawrence Gruner is a fiance visa, marriage green card, and U.S. Citizen attorney with more than 25 years handling these types of cases. He would be happy to talk to you, free of charge, about your immigration matter. He can be reached at 888-801-6558 or firstname.lastname@example.org