How to deal with illegal immigrants
In the Midwest, 58 percent backed the idea of a pathway to citizenship, while a larger 67 percent share of Northeasterners said the same. Southerners were most in favor of deporting immigrants living in the United States illegally, with nearly one in four—24 percent—supporting the idea. One in five Midwesterners backed deportation, while 15 percent of Northeasterners and 14 percent of Westerners supported deportation.
How illegal immigrants affect the labor market
In only one part of the country — the West — do a majority of people view the economic impact of illegal immigrants positively. There, 51 percent say illegal immigrants help the economy by providing low-cost labor. Southerners are the most negative in their views on the impact illegal immigrants have on the economy: exactly half say illegal immigrants hurt the economy by driving down wages.
How immigration affects American culture
A majority of Americans in every region say immigration overall strengthens society, with the West leading the way at 62 percent support. The South and Midwest were home to the highest rates — 39 percent — of people saying immigration “threatens traditional American customs and values.”
Thoughts on the immigration system
Some 45 percent of Midwesterners think the immigration system is mostly broken, while just 32 percent of their Western neighbors say the same. At least one in five in every region of the country says the system is “completely broken.”