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Washington - Most Americans Say Boston Attack Not An Immigration Issue: Poll

Published on: May 1, 2013 07:22 PM
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Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/Ilkham Katsuyev)Washington - Most Americans do not see the Boston Marathon bombing and its suspects as an immigration issue, according to a poll released on Wednesday that also found the U.S. public still relatively inattentive to the debate on revising immigration laws.

While discussion of the immigration bill is still in its early stages, the blasts last month have been mentioned by some Republicans as a reason to go slow on the legislation.

U.S. law enforcement officials have named two ethnic Chechen brothers as perpetrators of the April 15 attack. One, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a shootout with police three days after the bombing. The other, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been charged and is being held in custody.

According to the Pew Research Center survey, only 36 percent of respondents said the Boston attack should be considered an “important factor” in the debate over how to revamp U.S. immigration law, while 58 percent said it was “mostly a separate issue.”

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Also, 57 percent of those polled said immigration changes would “not make much difference” when it comes to preventing similar attacks in the future, while the rest were split.

The Pew researchers noted that “the debate over immigration policy has drawn little public attention.”

Just 19 percent of respondents said they were closely following the debate over the comprehensive immigration bill, Pew said. And most of those polled did not know about some of the legislation’s key aspects, it added.

Overall, respondents were divided over the Senate immigration proposal, with 33 percent in favor and 28 percent against it, according to the telephone survey of 1,003 adults across the United States conducted from April 25 to April 28. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.

The bipartisan bill being pushed by a bipartisan group of eight senators aims to bolster border security, help provide workers and create an earned pathway to U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrants.



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 May 01, 2013 at 07:54 PM victorg Says:

Yes and it's not a Moslem issue, and there's a tooth fairy and Santa Claus.

Who is doing these nefarious things... immigrants!

This is the same majority of Americans who voted for Obama! Buncha gullible dreamers!

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 May 01, 2013 at 09:38 PM Aryeh Says:

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victorg Says:

Yes and it's not a Moslem issue, and there's a tooth fairy and Santa Claus.

Who is doing these nefarious things... immigrants!

This is the same majority of Americans who voted for Obama! Buncha gullible dreamers!

Immigrants... Like Timothy McVeigh and Richard Reid and the guys in Connecticut and Columbine...

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 May 01, 2013 at 09:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Most of American people don't know how the immigration law works.

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 May 01, 2013 at 10:32 PM Chachom Says:

"Just 19 percent of respondents said they were closely following the debate over the comprehensive immigration bill, Pew said. And most of those polled did not...."

and you still wonder how Obama came about....

I was wondering if that poll was prior to the latest news about the other illegals who collaborated, but on the other hand, I doubt those polled are even aware of the latest news.

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 May 02, 2013 at 12:37 AM bkjew Says:

Reply to #1  
victorg Says:

Yes and it's not a Moslem issue, and there's a tooth fairy and Santa Claus.

Who is doing these nefarious things... immigrants!

This is the same majority of Americans who voted for Obama! Buncha gullible dreamers!

The funny thing is that most of the people they polled where immigrants !!! And the few Americans where scared to say the truth because of political correctness!!! What a world we live In today. Go figure

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 May 02, 2013 at 01:02 PM esther Says:

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Aryeh Says:

Immigrants... Like Timothy McVeigh and Richard Reid and the guys in Connecticut and Columbine...

no immigrants like the 19 who blew up the wtc,both times.

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