Putnam: Immigration Top Issue for Constituents [Lakeland Ledger intereview].
Almost absolute opposition to immigration has a lot to do with a cultural concern as well as other issues of border security and a feeling of fairness to those who immigrated legally.
"What I am hearing from them is that we are losing our cultural identity. Instead of being the traditional melting pot, we are becoming factions," he said. "Now all of these things are not necessarily government's responsibility, but there is a growing concern that there is no assimilation anymore as there has been throughout our history."
And opposition to an immigration bill has been growing, Putnam said.