Latest polling shows public wants to get much tougher on illegal immigration
The political elites of both parties are ramming illegal immigration down the throats of Americans, and the public is increasingly opposing them. There is a message here for GOP hopefuls for the presidency though they may have to forego the megabucks the US Chamber of Commerce is capable of raising. Rasmussen reports:
More voters than ever feel the United States is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are here illegally, even as President Obama continues to push his plan to make up to five million illegal immigrants safe from deportation.
Just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. government is too aggressive in deporting those who are in the country illegally. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% believe the government is not aggressive enough in deporting these illegal immigrants, up from 52% a year ago and 56%in November. Fifteen percent (15%) feel the current number of deportations is about right.
You can examine the poll questions here. Some more highlights:
Thirty-two percent (32%) believe illegal immigrants who have American-born children should be exempt from deportation, an element of Obama’s plan, but 51% now disagree. In November, voters were much more closely divided: 38% said they should be exempt from deportation, and only 42% disagreed. Seventeen percent (17%) remain undecided.
But then most voters (54%) continue to feel that a child born to an illegal immigrant mother in the United States should not automatically become a U.S. citizen, as is now the case. Thirty-eight percent (38%) favor the current policy of automatic citizenship for these children. Opposition has ranged from 51% to 65% in surveys since April 2006. Support has been in the 28% to 41% range in that same period.
An overwhelming 83% of voters think someone should be required to prove they are legally allowed in the United States before receiving local, state or federal government services. Just 12% disagree. These findings have changed little over the past four years.
These are rather overwhelming numbers, and yet they have no effect on government policy, which seems to be fully in support of s many illegals as possible entering the US, obtaining government services, and transforming the United States into a bilingual nation with a large cohort of poorly-educated people comprising an underlass. Some more like Brazil or Argentina than the America of yore.
On the other hand, have you seen how well the elites live in the countries (the necessity of bodyguards aside)? Cheap servants are good for the elites.