Rasmussen: Majority Favor “Enforcement Only” Immigration Plan
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters would favor an approach that focuses “exclusively on securing the border and reducing illegal immigration.” Support for the enforcement only approach comes from 84% of Republicans, 55% of Democrats, and 69% of those not affiliated with either major party.
Overall, just 21% are opposed to the enforcement-only approach.
Victor Davis Hanson explains the public mood:
Millions of fair-minded white, African-, Mexican- and Asian-Americans fear that we are not assimilating millions of aliens from south of the border as fast as they are crossing illegally from Mexico.
I think many Americans would even be willing to give those illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. a pass–yes, amnesty–if they could trust that the government would really make the border more secure. But they don’t trust the political class. Thus, the majority of Americans are having a Jerry Maguire, “show us the money” moment. The politicians have to prove they are serious about controlling illegal immigration. The message is this: earn our trust by fixing the border, then we can talk about reforming the current system.