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Immigration Law

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One public opinion poll suggests 60 percent of Americans favor Arizona’s new immigration law. A recent survey (pdf)* of people in the Northwest shows the region is in line with the rest of the country in their support for the law. The survey included 1200 people in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed said they supported the law and 84 percent of the Oregonians who supported the Arizona law said they would support similar legislation in their state.

Some city councils around the region have made their feelings on the Arizona law clear. Portland city commissioners voted unanimously last week to pass a resolution opposing the immigration law in Arizona. In Seattle, the city council voted to limit its business connections with Arizona. The city council in the coastal Washington town of Long Beach drafted a letter of support (pdf) for Arizona and their freedom to enforce state laws as they see fit.

How do you feel about the Arizona immigration law? Would you support or oppose a similar law here? Did you come to the U.S. from another country? Did someone close to you?

*The survey is a collaboration of the Northwest Health Foundation, the polling firm Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall, and Northwest public radio stations (including OPB).


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