Thursday, April 19, 2007


As I wrote once before, my biggest misreading of the American mood over the past few years was my perception that people were much more hostile to immigrants, especially illegal immigrants, than they actually are. I am utterly astonished by this.

WASHINGTON — While Congress and the White House remain divided over what to do with the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the USA, a new poll shows the American public appears to have reached a consensus on the question.

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken last weekend found that 78% of respondents feel people now in the country illegally should be given a chance at citizenship.