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Americans worry that illegal migrants threaten way of life, economy

Published on Aug 7, 2014 1:16 PM
 
US Customs and Border Protection agents take undocumented immigrants into custody on July 22, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas. As President Barack Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen US immigration policy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation's culture and economy. -- PHOTO: AFP

KINGSTON, New Hampshire (REUTERS) - As President Barack Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen US immigration policy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation's culture and economy.

Seventy percent of Americans - including 86 percent of Republicans - believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional US beliefs and customs, according to the poll.

The findings suggest immigration could join Obamacare - the healthcare insurance overhaul - and the economy as hot button issues that encourage more Republicans to vote in November's congressional election.

With Congress failing to agree on broad immigration reforms, Obama could act alone in the next few weeks to give work permits to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants and delay some deportations, according to media reports.

 
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