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Americans' views on immigration, jobs continue evolution

In the rough and tumble world of politics, reality can be warped by candidates eager for votes. While the issue of immigration has repeatedly been raised in this year's presidential election, it is one oversimplified and distorted by politicians, according to results of a recent poll.

Americans are not as worried about immigrants taking their jobs as some candidates pretend. Today, Americans are nearly evenly split on the question of whether immigrants hurt American workers. Forty-five percent say immigrants hurt American employees and 42 percent say no harm is done to workers by immigration. 

That is a stark difference from a decade ago when the split was 55 percent saying immigrants harmed American workers with just 28 percent on the other side.

The poll was conducted by the Pew Research Center and Markle Foundation.

One thing Americans are much closer to agreement on is whether or not an ability to work with people of different backgrounds will be an important component of success in the economy. A full 85 percent agree that getting along with people of different ethnicities, religions, race and more will be important.

The new poll is a sign that American views on immigration continue to evolve and that more people understand that immigrants help our nation grow and prosper.

For those who are trying to obtain resident status or citizenship, the path through the U.S. system can be convoluted and difficult. A Staten Island immigration attorney can help you with paperwork and the process.

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