The 2012 Chicago Council Survey reveals that Americans have grown less concerned over the last decade about large numbers of immigrants – legal or illegal – coming to live and work in the United States. The brief, issued by the MacArthur-supported Chicago Council on Global Affairs as part of the Foreign Policy in the New Millennium report, found that 40 percent of Americans consider immigration a “critical threat,” the lowest number since 1994. Fewer than ever recorded in the survey’s history (53 percent) say that controlling and reducing illegal immigration is a very important foreign policy goal for the United States. The report showed that increasing numbers of Americans support maintaining and increasing current levels of immigration.
Seeking to improve conditions for vulnerable migrants, while laying the groundwork for fundamental improvements in migration policies and practices at the national, regional, and global levels over the longer term.