Rasmussen: only 26% favor Senate illegal immigration amnesty
Posted Wed, May 23, 2007 at 7:52 am
According to Rasmussen Reports, only 26% of those polled favor the Bush/Senate illegal immigration amnesty:
...The enforcement side of the debate is clearly where the public passion lies on the issue. Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters say it is Very Important for "the government to improve its enforcement of the borders and reduce illegal immigration." That view is held by 89% of Republicans, 65% of Democrats, and 63% of unaffiliated voters.All "reformers" have to do is post a bond that would guarantee that their plans would truly reduce illegal immigration (rather than increasing it as seems almost certain), and their "reform" would pass. Surely, they wouldn't hesitate to do that, right?
Advocates of "comprehensive" reform have taken to arguing that those who want an enforcement-only policy must explain how they would deal with the 12 million illegal aliens already living in the country. The public reaction to that question appears to be "Why?" Only 29% of voters say it is Very Important for "the government to legalize the status of illegal aliens already in the United States."
...Still, 65% of voters would be willing to support a compromise including a "very long path to citizenship" provided that "the proposal required the aliens to pay fines and learn English" and that the compromise "would truly reduce the number of illegal aliens entering the country." The proposal, specifically described as a compromise, was said to include "strict employer penalties for hiring illegal aliens, building a barrier along the Mexican border and other steps to significantly reduce the number of illegal aliens entering the United States."