Mexicans Say Southwest U.S. Belongs to Them;
Shouldn't Need Permission to Enter U.S.
Mexicans believe the southwest territory of the U.S. rightfully
belongs to Mexico, and that Mexicans should have the right
to enter the U.S. without first obtaining U.S. permission,
according to a poll by Zogby International.
The firm also polled Americans in the same week, finding
that a large majority supports reducing immigration levels
and wants the military deployed along the border to protect
the U.S. from illegal immigration.
The survey found that 58 percent of Mexicans agree with
the statement, "the territory of the United States'
Southwest rightfully belongs to Mexico." Only 28 percent
disagree, and 14 percent are unsure.
A similar majority, 57 percent, agree with the statement,
"Mexicans should have the right to enter the U.S. without
U.S. permission," while 35 percent disagree. Seven
percent are unsure.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
The Mexico portion of the survey was conducted in Spanish
between May 25 and May 26 among 801 adults chosen at random
throughout Mexico. The poll was commissioned by the Washington,
D.C.-based Americans for Immigration Control, Inc. (AIC).
"There is obviously a large and significant gap between
the attitudes of Americans and Mexicans," said Robert
Goldsborough, AIC president. "While most Americans
want immigration reduced, most Mexicans think they don't
even need permission to enter our country. The poll clearly
shows there is less common ground for immigration negotiations
between Mexico and the U.S. than the leaders think. Support
for a porous border and a loose migration policy occurs
only on the Mexican side, not in the U.S."
Zogby's survey of American attitudes found wide majorities
of Americans also oppose amnesty for illegal aliens. The
U.S. portion of the survey was conducted of 1,015 likely
voters in the U.S. from May 28 to May 30. It found that
65 percent disagree with the statement, "foreigners
residing illegally in the U.S. should be given amnesty."
Just 26 percent of likely voters support amnesty for illegals,
while 9 percent are unsure.
A large majority, 58 percent, agree that the U.S. should
"admit fewer immigrants each year." Only 6 percent
want "more immigrants each year," and 30 percent
want to "keep immigration at the current annual levels."
The single largest majority in the entire poll was found
among Americans supporting use of the military to guard
the border. Fully 68 percent of those surveyed agree with
the statement, "the U.S. should deploy military troops
on the border as a temporary measure to help the U.S. Border
Patrol curb illegal immigration." Only 28 percent disagree,
and 3 percent are unsure.