Illegal immigration is not just a border state problem anymore. Approximately 60,000 illegal aliens have crossed the Texas border and been transported to all 50 states so far this year. About one-third of those who crossed from Mexico into the United States were unaccompanied children. President Barack Obama's plan to deal with the immigration crisis is not surprisingly unpopular with Republicans, but according to a new political poll, the president's plan is not scoring him any points with Hispanics and legal immigrants either.
The immigration poll showed that most likely voters do not support allowing President Obama "going it alone" if any changes to current laws are made. The poll conducted by Kellyanne Conway's The Polling Company/Women Trend, also noted that the majority of those surveyed actually support the implementation of more stringent immigration policies. The deportation of thousands of illegal immigrant children is also supported by American voters, according to the poll.
Illegal Immigration Poll Result Excerpts
- 75 percent want more enforcement of current immigration laws, including 63% of Hispanics and over 50% of Democrats. Although the administration and their media allies have pushed Obama's deportation record, few Americans are buying the idea that Obama is enforcing immigration law strongly.
- A majority name immigration as the most or one of the three most important issues to their vote this fall.
- While President Obama is underwater in his job approval [57%-40%], an even greater margin [two-thirds] of Americans disapprove of his handling of immigration. This includes one of his key constituencies, Hispanics, who disapprove of his job performance on immigration by 55 to 39 percent.
- Neither Republicans nor Democrats are viewed as doing a good job on immigration, a clear product of the GOP's lack of coherent immigration message. That also means that neither party currently "owns" the issue. The current combination of children-at-the-border-crisis and an increasingly weakened President Obama is awakening a sleeping giant on an issue long eclipsed by the economy and healthcare.
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