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In poll, New Yorkers positive about migrants

Sep 13, 2023 12:55 pm

Raga Justin in the Times Union reports that while politicians move migrants from southern states to New York City to upstate and use them to make political points, a new poll shows a majority of New Yorkers hold positive attitudes toward recent migrant arrivals. The Siena College Research Institute also found a slight majority of state citizens support expedited work authorizations for migrants and also favor the use of federal property to shelter migrants. Locally, Rep. Marc Molinaro backed a bill that passed in the House of Representatives to block migrants from federal property, but it did not move through the U.S. Senate. And those polled, regardless of political affiliation, agreed that the migrants arriving here are seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Don Levy, the director of the Siena College Research Institute said, “There’s no doubt, the vast majority of New Yorkers recognize that our country was built by immigrants from virtually every nation around the globe and assimilating immigrants has made America great.... Despite nearly a third saying that America no longer needs new immigrants, well over half and a majority of both Democrats and Republicans say that businesses need new immigrants in order to be successful.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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