With immigration reform being put off until next year at the earliest, and with somewhere between 60,000 and 74,000 unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally this year, frustrations are bubbling over. In fact, a new Gallup poll shows that there’s been a recent jump in public anxiety, with a 17 percent saying immigration is the U.S.’s largest problem as of July, a huge increase from the 5 percent who labeled it as the top problem in June. Respondent’s haven’t polled so high since 2006.
Protests have cropped up all around the U.S as concern overflows into demonstrations. Many were staged around the July fourth weekend, some organized specifically in protest — or support of — buses transporting illegal immigrants, mostly women and children, to processing centers in their area. The concerns over U.S. economic troubles being ignored confront other concerns about how a series of humanitarian crisis should be dealt with. Just taking a look at the multiplicity of protestors is an excellent way to catch up on the variety or arguments being made.