As the recession drags on and jobs continue to be shed at an alarming rate, a number of Gallup and Rasmussen polls find Americans want immigration to slow.
While the President is in Mexico to warm relations south of the border and Latino activist groups trying to up the ante with amnesty, Gallup finds more than 50 percent of all Americans are less favorable to immigration. This number is up sharply from the 39 percent number a year ago.
While the voters’ stance on immigration has receded and gained momentum since 9/11, current figures put the immigration issue in a downturn. Current polling data shows most citizens are more focused on the economic growth, health care reform and job creation.
Still the Obama Administration continues to lessen its regulations with E-Verify, 287(g) prosecution of those here illegally and relax the community and business raids targeting illegal aliens.
Even though immigration is not at the forefront throughout the country it’s worth noting states that share a border with Mexico have not given up to tougher law enforcement issues.
Two weeks ago, Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas was execution along the California border near Campo. It is widely assumed by law enforcement officials that the assailants skipped back through a porous fence into Mexico.
The added attention doesn’t play well with many in California. According to Rasmussen polling data, 65 percent of Californians believe the availability of government money and social services draw illegal aliens to the state.
When the idea of immigration reform percolated a couple of months ago, Obama and like-minded legislators came up against strong opposition from the voters. It does not help that provisions within the health care reform bill included benefits for those here illegally as well as their family members.
Currently, 66 percent of voters polled by Rasmussen, state that it is extremely important for the government to improve the border fence and curb incentives for those to come to America in order for meaningful immigration reform talks to take place.
Most Americans favor some sort of reform when it comes to illegal immigration, but with that comes the responsibility to enforce the current laws on the books and clamping down on U.S./Mexico borders.
According to Fox News, one in 10 Mexican citizens now resides in the U.S. They also state that in the last 18 months more than 10,000 Mexicans have been murdered. This number dwarfs the number of U.S. soldiers who have died in the Iraq/Afghanistan wars combined.
These numbers only add to American’s skittishness about opening up the flood gates.
One final point comes from the real cost of amnesty. The Heritage Foundation has estimated amnesty would cost the taxpayer more than $2.6 trillion.
Until American laws are enforced, it remains clear the American people do not want any form of Amnesty.
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