Poll: Border control still top immigration priority for most voters
A new poll by Rasmussen Reports shows that most Americans prefer stricter border control versus granting legal status to illegal immigrants.
Among those surveyed, 59% of respondents believe that "gaining control of the border" should be the key priority for any immigration reform.
A majority (52%) also think that a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants merely acts as a draw to encourage more illegal immigration. Only 31% disagree with this view.
Support for Donald Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is at 51% among all voters and at 70% of Republicans.
More than 60% want the federal government to be more aggressive in deporting illegal immigrants, a level of support that has held constant for several years.
An additional 72% feel that the federal government should be far more proactive when it comes to finding those visitors who have overstayed their visa requirements and deporting them.
Similarly, a majority (63%) of voters oppose proposals for providing free lawyers to female and child illegal immigrants to help fight deportation orders against them, while just 25% support such plans.