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Immigration issue to be critical in 2020 US polls

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27.09.2019

America is full up. Or at least that’s the message emanating from the 2020 US presidential election campaign. Immigration, both legal and illegal, is a key political issue in the United States today and no matter who wins the next presidential elections, immigration controls are certain to get tighter. Gone are the days of easy, and often surreptitious, entry into the United States.

The United States might be India’s greatest friend, as President Donald Trump would like us to believe, but when it comes to accepting more immigrants, the lines are drawn.

Immigration has for good reason become a major political issue in the United States. It has also become a most abrasive election issue with both the Republican and Democratic camps raising the decibel on associated rhetoric. With the start of impeachment proceedings against President Trump, matters are only going to get uglier.

While most Americans deep down believe that there is something not quite right about limiting immigration in a country built by immigrants, many also tacitly believe that the huge numbers of outsiders are now becoming a socio-economic drag, even affecting the country’s national character in some ways.

A recent Gallup poll suggested that over 70 per cent of Americans today either want immigration levels to be reduced or kept at its present level. Only about 27 per cent feel it should be increased. The poll also recorded that the percentage of Americans who feel that immigration is the country’s number one problem (at 23 per cent) is the highest in history.

In all fairness, though, America continues to be the world’s most liberal nation when it........

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