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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