Immigration continues to be a political issue in the U.S. LBN reported on several findings of a Rasmussen Reports political interest poll in this May report. LBN’s Bob Donley reports that, according to recent Rasmussen polling data, Americans want more legal immigration and less of the illegal kind.
Recent data show that 80% of Americans favor immigrants who are legally in the country. That’s the highest percentage in two years, Donley says, up 9% since President Obama decided to act on immigration issues by executive order.
President Obama’s plan to exempt millions of illegal immigrants from deportation received a setback in May when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow the plan to proceed pending the outcome of a lawsuit in federal district court. The administration’s next step might be to seek Supreme Court review. And, says Donley, “For the first time, the court of opinion is now trending against Obama on this issue.” The Rasmussen poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose the President’s plan. Just 34% side with the President on this issue.
Border security is considered a serious problem by 77% of those polled. Also, Donley reports, 63% of those polled think the country should gain control of its border with Mexico before it considers legalizing any immigrants already in the U.S.
Donley opines that “When you look inside the polling data, the overall picture does not look good for Democrats in 2016.” Some 83% of Republicans and 65% of independents think control of the border should come before legalizing immigrants (42% of Democrats agree). Every Republican candidate is calling for tighter border security. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is taking a position to the left of President Obama on immigration. Donley says that Clinton hopes her position will help her to attract Hispanic voters. It is not clear how non-Hispanic voters will react.
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