Credibility real issue on immigration "reform"

Rasmussen Reports:

There’s a simple reason the immigration bill being debated by the U.S. Senate is unpopular with voters—the general public doesn’t believe it will reduce illegal immigration. And, in the minds of most voters, that’s what immigration reform is all about.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 16% of American voters believe illegal immigration will decline if the Senate bill is passed. Seventy-four percent (74%) disagree. That figure includes 41% who believe the Senate bill will actually lead to an increase in illegal immigration.

If voters had a chance to improve the legislation, 75% would “make changes to increase border security measures and reduce illegal immigration.” Just 29% would” make it easier for illegal immigrants to stay in the country and eventually become citizens.”

Voters who believe that the current bill will succeed in reducing illegal immigration favor its passage by a 51% to 31% margin. Those who believe the bill will lead to even more illegal immigration oppose its passage by a 70% to 12% margin.

Overall, despite a major push by the President and others over the past week, support for the Senate bill has not increased at all. In polling conducted last night (Tuesday, May 29), 26% of voters favor passage of the bill. That’s unchanged from the 26% support found in polling conducted the previous Monday and Tuesday. Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters remain opposed.


This lack of change is despite high percentage of the public closely following the debate. the real problem is that the government has little credibility on border enforcement. It is a bipartisan lack of credibility on the issue. The President angered many of his supporters by questioning their motives in opposing the bill. Until the proponents can give the detractors a reason to believe that there will be serious enforcement, they are unlike to change their mind. There is also a disconnect between the citizenship provisions and the freebie status under the Z Visa that legalizes the alien without making him a citizen. What will this do to our ability to enforce the border?


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