Republican voters will reject those who support immigration 'reform'

National Journal:
A sizable plurality of registered GOP voters say they will be less likely to support their incumbent lawmaker if he or she votes for immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for those currently living illegally in the United States, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll. The findings show that even as national Republican leaders tout the Senate's reform measure as a political necessity for the party, it remains a risky vote for individual GOP lawmakers wary of a primary challenger.

Among all adults surveyed, immigration is something of a moot issue: 42 percent of them said a vote either for or against immigration reform would not greatly affect their support for their senator or representative. Thirty-three percent said it would make them less likely to support him or her, and 21 percent said such a vote would make them more likely to back the incumbent.

But among Republicans, the issue elicits much more passion, none of it good for immigration-reform advocates within the GOP. Nearly half, 49 percent, said lawmakers who back a proposal offering a pathway to citizenship will lose their support. Only 15 percent said it would make them more likely to back their incumbent; 30 percent said it would not make a difference in their vote.
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There is more.

Sarah Palin is already calling for primaries against some key supporters of the legislation.  I don't see any upside of GOP candidates in supporting this legislation and I think it will be bad for the long term prospects of the party.  Democrats need to grow the Hispanic vote because liberals have been aborting more babies than conservatives which will over time continue to shrink their base.

The main problem with the bill is that it does not fix what is broken about the immigration system and just adding border agents is not going to take care of the problem.  We have an administration that is prohibiting ICE from inland enforcement of immigration law unless an illegal is caught committing a felony.  We have totally loss any deterrent effect of the law.

The poll also finds that 77 percent oppose the welfare benefits the bill will provide to those given legal status by the act.

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