Findings Echoed in Strong Turnout at Rallies Across the State
Ohio voters say 76 – 19 percent that undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, so-called “Dreamers,” should be allowed to stay and eventually apply for citizenship. Every listed group supports this measure by wide margins. Offered three options on what to do with all illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S.: 60 percent of Ohio voters say they should be allowed to stay and eventually apply for citizenship; 10 percent say they should be allowed to stay, but not apply for citizenship; 26 percent say they should be required to leave the U.S.
Also this week, well over a thousand Ohioans turned out at events in Norwalk, Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati in support of families impacted by the raids at Corso’s Flower and Garden Centers, and in opposition to Trump Administration immigration policies that separate families. If any counter-protesters attended, they were inconsequential.
Today in Toledo and tomorrow in Cleveland, pro-immigrant events continue. Meanwhile, donation drives to get food, diapers, and other necessities to families whose breadwinners were taken from their gardening jobs last week and put in jail, are proliferating across the state and gathering thousands of dollars worth of goods.
Over 1,000 people have signed a petition to Governor Kasich, asking him to stand by his words that immigrants are welcome in Ohio. Another petition, calling on DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to rein in the Detroit Field Office Director Rebecca Adducci after this overly-aggressive military-style raid, has gathered a similar number and growing.
“Ohioans support practical solutions and value hard work. On immigration, President Trump promised to deport ‘bad hombres’ and instead he’s targeting agricultural workers and moms and dads of U.S. citizens. Ohioans can see that this is wrong and harmful to workers, families, and children,” said Lynn Tramonte, Director of America’s Voice Ohio. “People are coming together across the state to challenge these policies. Now, we need more elected leaders to really lead, instead of cowering in the corner or applauding Trump’s destruction of Ohio families.”