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Americans agree on many aspects of U.S. identity

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Majorities of Americans agree that diversity strengthens the country and that values such as constitutional rights, a fair judicial system and the American dream are key to the nation's identity, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

But the poll also reveals a striking division on some aspects of national identity by partisanship and racial or ethnic background. Americans are closely split over whether it's better for immigrants to embrace a single U.S. culture or add their own variations to the mix.

Immigration and identity have been a major part of the national conversation under President Donald Trump, who has cracked down on people entering the United States illegally and promoted construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump recently pushed down the annual cap for refugees allowed into the U.S. to a historic low of 18,000.

The poll finds majorities of white, black and Hispanic Americans all say diversity makes the country stronger, and the share of Americans saying diversity strengthens the country has grown slightly over the last year, from 53% to 60%.

About three-quarters of Democrats think diversity makes the country stronger, compared with about half of Republicans.

Jerry Perry, 63, of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is a great-grandson of slaves and lifelong Democrat who thinks diversity is a positive.

"It makes the country a lot richer as it brings together all the tribes from all over the world," said Perry. "No one should be afraid of that. God........

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