U.S. electorate less consumed by immigration
The election season hasnt been missing for heated issues, but one thats received unusually little attention is immigration. Turns out theres good reason. A recent survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs finds that the number of Americans who view immigration as a critical threat is at the lowest level in almost 20 years.
Only 40 percent of respondents consider a large influx of refugees and immigrants – legal or illegal – as a critical threat, the survey found, with Midwest residents feeling more threatened than the U.S. public overall.
While 53 percent said controlling and reducing illegal immigration is an important foreign policy goal, thats the smallest percentage recorded since the survey began in 1994. At that time, 72 percent of respondents saw immigration as a critical threat and identified the topic as an important goal for U.S. policy.
The Indiana lawmakers who have ignored major employers and universities in pushing draconian immigration law should take note of public sentiment. Increasingly, they are on the wrong side of this issue.
‘Big House’s’ shot at big-time hockey dims
As the NHL lockout drags on, its looking more likely that the entire season will be canceled – including the Winter Classic, one of the most highly anticipated events in hockey.
Last week, the league canceled regular season games through the end of November. More than a quarter of the season is gone, and neither side is showing any inclination toward compromise. Hockey fans should prepare themselves to do without this year.
Its also looking more likely the annual New Years Day Winter Classic, scheduled to take place at The Big House – the University of Michigan Stadium – will get chopped. The game featuring the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs would likely attract more than 100,000 fans in addition to the millions who would watch the game on television.