In response: http://www.businessinsider.com/poll-immigration-americans-wrong-increasing-decreasing-unauthorized-2013-8?pundits_only=0&comments_page=1#comment-52015cf7ecad040944000011
Speaking as a retired US Border Patrol Agent, I would agree that most Americans are clueless about immigration. I find it ironic that this article focuses only upon the writer's claim that two out of there respondents did not know that the number of undocumented decreased from 12 million in 2007 to the 11.2 million that it is today when there are many other more substantive immigration facts that Americans are clueless about.
For instance, how much has our number of undocumented increased or decreased since Reagan's Amnesty of 1986? Do you know that Reagan's Amnesty was touted to voters as the cure to illegal immigration? What result did Clinton's NAFTA have upon illegal immigration to the US i.e. did it stop illegal immigration as promised or increase the number to the highest level ever? What country is our second largest source of oil? Since 2006 what country has used its own military to fight a US backed drug war that has left over 100,000 people dead? From what country does 62% of our US undocumented come from? What country do we share 1.25 billion dollars a day in mutual trade with?
Immigration reform is much more complicated than meets the eye. Yet the bottom line is the US and the undocumenteds' home country elite simultaneously profiting off of labor and border security. The current legislation in Washington takes 11.2 million undocumented and gives them a shot at US citizenship for 13 years of labor peonage. Those same 11.2 million will keep sending remittances back home no matter what this reform outcome is. Meanwhile US taxpayers will get soaked for 38 billion more going to Washington's crony "border security" industries, not to mention having to deal with the over-crowded hospital emergency rooms, losses of jobs, and unwelcomed demographic changes to their small town neighborhoods.
Of course big business wants immigration reform because it will profit off of cheap labor. Yet their polls won't cover the real costs and consequences American taxpayers have been suffering (and will continue to suffer) because of Washington's decades-long failed immigration for profit agendas.