A new poll of Missouri voters shows widespread support for cutting legal immigration levels, where the U.S. currently takes in roughly 1.5 million legal immigrants every year.In the survey by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 likely midterm voters in Missouri, 59 percent said they supported a 40 percent or more reduction of legal immigration.
Additionally, when voters were asked how many legal immigrants should be admitted to the U.S. and given lifetime work visas every year, 63 percent said they favored only 500,000 or less gaining the privilege.
When that figure is broken down and voters were allowed to choose more specific levels of yearly immigration,
25 percent said no lifetime work visas should be given, while 22 percent said only 250,000 legal immigrants should be given the work visas.
About 56 percent of likely voters also said they want to see the elimination of the visa lottery, where 50,000 new legal immigrants from all over the world are brought to the U.S. after they are randomly selected. The lottery is solely based in adding “diversity” to the U.S. and does not weigh the skill-sets or education.
Missouri likely voters similarly oppose the U.S. federal government bringing in droves of non-immigrant foreign guest workers on a variety of work visas in order to keep labor costs down.
Roughly 67 percent of voters said it would be better to “raise the pay to attract Americans without jobs even if prices rise.”
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