During the 2016 campaign, perhaps no issue defined Donald Trump’s candidacy more than immigration reform. With calls to strengthen the border by building a wall, and deport illegal immigrants, immigration was the main theme of the election. In the end, voters seemed to agree with Trump, and sent him to the White House to make the promised changes.
Of course, things haven’t always been easy since Trump took office. While trying to get the ball rolling on his agenda, Democrats have fiercely opposed even the smallest move. On immigration, Democratic resistance has been even stronger, with many liberals accusing Trump of racism for simply wanting to enforce the law.
Sadly for Democrats, what was true in November remains true today, if the latest polling is anything to go by. Despite Democratic hyperbole over Trump’s immigration plan, a new poll shows the majority of the American people side with the president on the matter.
From Bizpac Review:
A new poll by National Research Inc. shows a large majority of Americans agree with President Trump’s proposed immigration polices, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
The poll was conducted August 11-13 and sampled 1,201 people via landline, cell phone, and internet. According to the findings, between 70 and 80 percent support key Trump immigration positions.
The questions covered a range of immigration-related topics, including employment, enforcement, and chain migration.
Pollsters found the following:
71 percent call on companies to offer jobs to Americans before foreign workers.
82 percent of voters support a law that would strengthen sentencing penalties for illegals who had previously been deported and strengthens laws against illegal immigrants who commit crimes in the U.S.
76 percent want more ICE officers.
75 percent support Trump’s focus on jailing MS-13 members
73 percent believe immigrants must be able to support themselves financially.
By a 2-to-1 margin, voters support limiting the number of immigrants who are seeking to live here just because their relatives do, so-called “chain migration.”
59 percent said new immigrants should be required to speak English.
64 percent back legislation that would create a point system based on factors such as English-speaking ability, education levels and job skills to rank applicants for the 140,000 employment-based green cards that are granted annually by the United States.
With Congress blocking his immigration plans, Trump has found different ways to take action. Using executive authority, Trump has made border enforcement a priority, leading to a steady decline in illegal border crossings.
From there, Trump took aim at Obama’s amnesty program, which may cause Congress to finally come to the negotiating table.
Clearly, voters see eye-to-eye with Trump on this issue. That should be all the motivation Congress needs to act.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]