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The vast majority in the US believe that immigration should increase or remain at current levels

The work of local entities for integration encourages newcomers to participate in the “social, civic and economic fabric”

Only 28% of those surveyed believe that immigration should decrease.

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The dangerous rhetoric against immigrants from Donald trump and his followers do not seem to have penetrated the social majorities of the United States, where more than two-thirds of the population believe that current immigration levels are fine (36%) or should increase (34%), according to a survey of Gallup.

Only 28% of those surveyed said immigration should decline, the lowest percentage since Gallup began asking this question in 1965. The polling company conducted the interviews between May and June 2020.

Upon arriving at the White House, Trump marked a distance in terms of inclusion with his immediate predecessors – George Bush and Barack Obama. Bush established in 2014 the task force on new americans, who intended strengthen civic, economic and linguistic integration and that it encouraged municipalities to become “welcome communities.”

This movement that emerged then is in full swing throughout the country, according to an analysis of The Hill. The nonprofit and nonpartisan organization Welcoming America believes that a welcoming community is a place that “fosters a culture and a political environment that makes it possible for women to [personas] rNew arrivals from all origins feel valued and fully participate alongside their neighbors in the social, civic and economic fabric of the places they arrive ”.

Although the immigration legal framework is federal jurisdiction, Abigail Fisher Williamson highlights in her book Welcoming New Americans that the inclusion policies are local and based on particular efforts. Williamson explores how local governments across the country get involved in helping immigrants find a place to live despite the opposition they often encounter.