The idea that most immigrants come to the US hoping to leave the countries they hailed from behind and start anew in the land of opportunity isn’t one anyone much tries to push anymore. That’s for the better since it isn’t true. The deeper the roots, the more protective of the soil. The shallower the roots, the more they reclinate back to their native soil.
The following graph shows immigration restrictionism, calculated by taking the percentages of respondents who want immigration reduced and subtracting from it the percentages of respondents who want immigration increased, by the number of a respondent’s grandparents who were born outside of the US. For contemporary relevance, responses are from 2010 onward:
If a respondent has at least one grandparent born outside the US, he is at least to some degree a first- or second-generation American himself. If he goes
native America First, he may well make grandparent cry.
GSS variables used: LETIN1A(1-2)(4-5), GRANBORN, YEAR(2010-2018)