Most Americans Support Federal Enforcement of U.S. Immigration Laws

The Transatlantic Trends: Immigration 2011 Report showed strong public support for Federal enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. When Americans were asked which level of government should have primary responsibility to enforce immigration laws, 54% of respondents preferred the federal government, compared to 41% who preferred state or local authorities. These figures showed an increase in support for federal responsibility from 2010, when 50% of Americans chose the federal option.

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