The Cato Institute’s 2021 Immigration and Identity Survey was designed to test public opinion on immigration and its benefits and potential reforms. Hopefully, the information will inform lawmakers and fuel some (albeit minor) changes to the current system. Here’s a summary of the main results.

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The Cato Institute’s 2021 Immigration and Identity Survey was designed to test public opinion on immigration and its benefits and potential reforms. Hopefully, the information will inform lawmakers and fuel some (albeit minor) changes to the current system. Here’s a summary of the main results.

What did the Survey Involve?

The survey had 2,600 participants, all of whom are US adults. It used an oversample of Asian and Latin Americans because they are more likely to have family members involved in immigration processes.

Unsurprisingly, responses in favor of immigration were found largely in non-white communities and those leaning towards the left politically. However, in some cases, more than half of Republican respondents favored immigration reform.

There was one section specifically aimed at immigrants, but the other 3 sections were:

  • Thoughts on Immigration
  • Thoughts on Immigration Reform
  • Why do Americans Think this Way About Immigration?

The key findings were as follows.

Section 1

  • Support for immigration is on the rise: 29% in favor, 33% opposed.
  • 43% believe the desire to reduce immigration is motivated by racist beliefs, while 57% believe it’s due to protecting borders.
  • 91% welcome immigration while 9% want to shut down borders.
  • A majority (68%) would prefer low levels of immigration; a belief shared across political parties.
  • 55% believe immigration is a human right.
  • Respondents massively overestimate percentage of foreign-born residents in the USA. They believe the number is 40% when it’s actually 14%.

Section 2

  • 66% of respondents believe businesses should hire the best candidates for a job regardless of nationality. The remaining 33% believe they should prioritize American citizens.
  • 62% think businesses should be able to hire migrant workers if they can’t fill jobs with American citizens.
  • 63% are in favor of creating an entrepreneur immigration visa, a view shared across political parties.
  • Two-thirds of respondents believe the current process is too difficult.
  • 52% think the process should be faster.
  • 53% believe the public shouldn’t vote on immigration quotas.
  • 56% believe streamlining the current immigration system would reduce illegal immigration.

Section 3

  • While respondents are broadly in favor of areas of immigration, 42% believe it’s both good and bad for the country. Another 42% believe it’s solely good.
  • 72% see immigration as beneficial to the country and 61% believe it enriches culture and values.
  • 59% worry higher immigration levels would put too much strain on government services.
  • 46% worry immigration increases terrorism (although there is no evidence for this).
  • 51% are concerned that immigration would reduce the number of jobs available.

Conclusion

While this survey is interesting, its results must be taken lightly. After all, these are specifically opinions unrelated to fact. For example, there is no evidence immigration impacts terrorism or reduces jobs.

Even so, a survey of this nature is useful for informing government options in the future. Much like how President Biden increased immigration limits, we may see further changes over the coming years based on the kind of data found in this survey and with President Biden in the White House moving to the United States to live and work will be much easier in the near future. Just recently President Biden has announced that he recommends the 55,000 available Green Cards issued via the Diversity Visa Lottery should be increased to 80,000, that’s an increase of 25,000 Green Card each a year.

So, if you and your family have plans to live and work in the United States then you should act today and apply today and get your Diversity Visa Lottery application submitted. Apply directly for the official 2021 Green Card Lottery program on the US Green Card Office site today!