Yet another signal that Democrats are tone-deaf. A new poll from Investors Business Daily asked “more specifically about an executive order to “slow deportation of undocumented immigrants by providing them with legal protection and work permit.”
63% of those responding to the poll say that they do not want President Obama to issue such an order. The majority of Republicans and Independents are strongly opposed to such a move by the President and a large portion of Democrats do as well.
Thus far it hasn’t seemed to matter to President Obama what the American people think. However this recent poll may slow down his efforts to grant amnesty to millions.
Just a month or so ago, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) stood in the Senate to denounce the President’s unilateral attempts to skirt American law and grant an amnesty he has no authority to give.
SEN. SESSIONS (R-AL): In effect, the President is preparing to assume for himself the absolute power to set immigration law in America. The absolute power to determine who may enter and who may work—no matter what the law says—by the millions.
Our response now is of great import. It will define the scope of executive and congressional power for years to come. If President Obama is not stopped in this action, and he exceeds his powers by attempting to execute such a massive amnesty contrary to law, the moral authority for any immigration enforcement henceforth will be eviscerated. Anyone, the world over, will get the message: Get into America by any method you can and you will never have to leave. We are almost there, but it is not too late.
Let me state a warning.
For the more purely political in Washington, the results of the recent primary elections show that the American people are being roused to action. And once activated, their power will be felt. They will not be mocked. They have begged and pleaded for our nation’s immigration laws to be enforced for 30 or 40 years. The politicians have refused. Refused, refused, refused. They have defeated amnesty after amnesty after amnesty, and they will not sit back and allow the President to implement through unlawful fiat what they have defeated through the democratic process. They must not yield to this.
By the way, it’s not just conservatives who are against the President granting a blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants. Even Democrats prefer 54% to 39% that the President work with Congress to fix the immigration mess as opposed to acting on his own. What’s more, the poll found that blue states were even more opposed to the President acting unilaterally than red states!
So-called blue states that voted for Obama are also more likely to want him to work with Congress to get immigration reform done than are red states (74% to 72%).
When asked more specifically about an executive order to “slow deportation of undocumented immigrants by providing them with legal protection and work permits,” 63% of all those polled say they oppose Obama’s issuing such an order, with a majority of Republicans and independents strongly opposed. Just 34% of the public backs that move, though that includes 60% of Democrats.
And, despite Obama’s push for comprehensive reform, the poll finds public support has withered. It’s 48% now, compared with 54% last year. On the other hand, support for securing the border first has climbed from 39% to 47%.
These findings come as an increasing number of news reports detail how Democratic lawmakers in tough re-election bids are urging Obama to show restraint on this issue, particularly in the wake of the crisis posed by the influx of child immigrants over the summer.
So, now that Americans are coalescing behind the idea that the border should be secured before any amnesty is considered… what will our elected leaders do? Will the haste to legalize 11 million lawbreakers continue? Or will the Democrats and RINO’s advocating for the lawbreakers continue their headlong rush into oblivion?