I don’t want to argue that the average American doesn’t understand what they’re talking about when discussing the immigration debate.
But they don’t…
I don’t mean to sound boorish, but if a recent survey completed The Partnership for a New American Economy, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers on the immigration debate is correct… most American’s just don’t understand what the ramifications of the current immigration debate are.
The survey of likely voters finds, for example, that the vast majority of voters believe the system is in need of fixing. 86% of Republicans believe Congress should take action to fix the immigration system. 79% of Independents agree. The GOP excuse for not acting – the president won’t enforce the law – is not fooling anyone. Some 72% reject that argument, including 2 out of 3 Republicans and 69% of Independents. The idea of waiting for reform is also a loser with 80% of voters wanting Congress to act this year, with nearly half calling it “very important” they act this year. Some 77% of Republicans say it is important that Congress act, while 53% say it is very important. And 74% of Independents believe it is important for Congress to act this year.
As for the substance of reform the so-called principles set out by House leadership — secure our borders, expand visas for high-skill workers and farm workers, provide an employer verification program, allow DREAMers to earn citizenship, and provide visas to live and work here legally to undocumented immigrants without a criminal record who pay penalties and back taxes – get support from 60 percent of voters. Among Republicans 54% support such an immigration reform plan with only 37% who oppose. Among Independents, 62% support and only 26% oppose.
In short, two-thirds of voters and 54 percent of Republicans support legal status for undocumented immigrants. Republicans would rather vote for a presidential candidate in 2016 that is from a party that supports reform (71%) than one from a party that opposes it (15%).
My disagreement (and the disagreement of many conservatives) with the current immigration reform plans has nothing to do with immigration reform in general. I actually believe that we do, indeed, NEED immigration reform.
I differ on what must come first and how we should handle the 11 million odd illegal immigrants who are already here.
The Washington Post shows it’s bias when it says, “The GOP excuse for not acting – the president won’t enforce the law – is not fooling anyone. Some 72% reject that argument, including 2 out of 3 Republicans and 69% of Independents. The idea of waiting for reform is also a loser with 80% of voters wanting Congress to act this year, with nearly half calling it “very important” they act this year.”
How inflammatory is that? “Not fooling anyone.”
The Republican “excuse” is well founded. The President doesn’t enforce current immigration law! Why would he enforce new immigration law?
Any immigration reform that Congress passes now will be meaningless or it will be destructive. If Congress passes a Republican plan that demands border enforcement first… nothing will happen. If Congress passes a Democrat plan that allows amnesty first… the illegal immigration problem will only get worse. The 11 million+ that are here now will be legal, and a wave of new millions will arrive in the next few years… and things will get even more untenable.
That is the truth of the immigration reform problem. The Republicans (and our nation) are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. It’s our confrontational leftist President who has nothing to lose in this debate.
Border security and law enforcement is paramount. Yes, the struggles of many illegal immigrants are very real. Yes, they may be in a desperate situation. But they are breaking the law and they are citizens of another nation. It should be the purpose of their countries to care for their citizens… much as we care for our own here. The flood of illegal immigrants into our nation makes it harder for us to care for our own, and that should be what immigration advocates focus on.
Just last week we brought you video of several Americans saying this same thing: we have so much pain and hardship here at home, we cannot afford to take on the pain and hardship that other nations should be working to ease. Why are Guatemalans, Mexicans, Hondurans and more coming here for help when their home country should be the one dealing with their issues? Would Mexico accept our poor and downtrodden? Of course not.
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