Most Christians and Jews at Odds with Their Leaders over Illegal Immigration

Christopher Neefus
December 31, 2009


American Jews and Christians hold views about illegal immigration that are largely at odds with those of their spiritual leaders, according to a new poll from Zogby International.
The poll showed that while most religious leaders saw illegal immigration as a problem caused by barriers to legal immigration, most worshippers thought a lack of enforcement of current law was the problem; and while leaders thought employers needed access to more immigrant labor, rank-and-file members thought employers needed to attract more domestic workers.
Steven A. Camarota, the research director for the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies said the results revealed a “huge divide” between religious leaders and the general religious population, although one that had been telegraphed in policy debates before.

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