Immigration not a good issue for Democrats
The Obama administration has tried to downplay border protection and enforcement of immigration laws and it is blowing up in their face in an election year. I think Rasmussen needs to also poll on voter attitudes toward "comprehensive" amnesty proposals by the Democrats.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer last week signed a new law into effect that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 60% of voters nationwide favor such a law, while 31% are opposed.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans support the law along with 62% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Democratic voters are evenly divided on the measure.
At the same time, however, 58% of all voters are at least somewhat concerned that “efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants will also end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens.” That figure includes 29% who are Very Concerned about possible civil rights violations.
Voter support for empowering local police comes at a time when most voters (56%) believe it is unlikely Congress will take action to gain control of the border. Only 31% say Congress is even somewhat likely to take such an action. That figure includes just 10% who believe Congress is Very Likely to act.
President Obama has denounced the Arizona law, and he and other critics of the measure see it as an incentive to push new national immigration reform legislation to supersede it.
Not surprisingly, support for the law authorizing local police to arrest illegal immigrants is a bit higher in Arizona than it is nationwide. As one of the states most impacted by illegal immigration, 70% of voters statewide favor the new law.
I think most voters support the rule of law and want to see the current immigration laws enforced. I have no problem with legal immigration are temporary worker programs. I do have a problem with actions that only encourage more illegal immigrations and that is what happens when citizenship is granted without consequences to the illegals.
The Federal government needs to stop thwarting the Border patrol by making some areas off limits to them. It needs to complete the border fence. It also needs to speed up legal immigrations which now take too long.