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    How does America see the children who arrive at its border? According to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, the answer is "sympathetically." The survey found that 69 percent of respondents thought these kids "should be treated as refugees and should be allowed to stay in the U.S. if authorities determine it is not safe for them to return to their home country," and roughly the same percentage said the government should provide them with shelter and support. Only 27 percent said they "should be treated as illegal immigrants and should be deported back to their home countries."

    But the respondents were more ambivalent about immigrants in general. While 56 percent agreed that Central American families are trying to keep their kids safe in "very difficult circumstances," another 38 percent said they are "taking advantage of American good will and really seeking a back door to immigrate to our country." And 42 percent said that immigrants are a "burden on the country" because "they take our jobs housing and healthcare"—a seven-point increase compared to another poll that asked the same question in early July.

    A drowning man can not learn to swim. -- Chris Lonsdale

    by Rikon Snow on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 02:09:16 PM PDT

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