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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

POLLS SHOW PUBLIC WANTS ACTION ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

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Antis point to polls showing more Americans support the Arizona bill than oppose it. But other polls - including new ones from ImmigrationWorks USA and Immigration Voice, show these same voters also support - by wide margins - comprehensive immigration reform proposals that contain legalization programs. Is this really a contradictory result? Maybe not. Americans want ACTION on immigration reform rather than maintaining the status quo. Action can mean an SB1070 or something on a broader scale - even if it is called "amnesty."



Here are slides outlining the ImmigrationWorks poll. Keep an eye on polling of Republican voters who surprisingly are out of step with their representatives in Congress who are really misreading the situation.




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  1. USC's Avatar
    McCain the anti:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100525/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_republicans;_ylt=AoEF6fEyBeE1jn8YFPda00Os0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNvcDlubmNlBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwNTI1L3VzX29iYW1hX3JlcHVibGljYW5zBGNjb2RlA21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDNwRwb3MDNARwdANob21lX2Nva2UEc2VjA3luX2hlYWRsaW5lX2xpc3QEc2xrA29iYW1hZ2V0c2FuZQ--

    Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Obama's 2008 presidential opponent, said he pressed the president on immigration issues. McCain said he told Obama "we need to secure the border first" before taking other steps. "The president didn't agree," he said.

    Later, McCain said his views were unchanged by Obama's decision to send an additional 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    At the lunch, McCain said he defended his state's pending immigration law, which Obama says could lead to discrimination. It directs police, when questioning people about possible law violations, to ask about their immigration status if there is "reasonable suspicion" they're in the country illegally.

    At the luncheon, McCain said, "I pointed out that members of his administration who have not read the law have mischaracterized the law -- a very egregious act on their part."

    Burton said Obama told McCain that he has read the Arizona law himself, and his concerns remain.

    After the luncheon, no one suggested the two parties were even a smidgen closer to resolving differences over energy, immigration and other issues that Obama has said he wants to act on this year.
  2. My 2 cents's Avatar
    "Secure the borders" how? Why isn't the fence up after all these years? Why are the Cans talking about enforcement & securing borders now? Bush & his Co(a)ns had 8 years to build the fence. Why don't they clarify on these matters?

    One way they can pacify the antis & skeptical Americans is by using a significant portion of the fines imposed on the illegals in line toward a legalization path for building the fence. Secondly deport the newly legalized people (previously undoumented) if found harboring or supporting any illegals. It would serve as a deterrent to future illegal immigration.
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Obama's 2008 presidential opponent, said he pressed the president on immigration issues. McCain said he told Obama "we need to secure the border first" before taking other steps. "The president didn't agree," he said."

    This is the good old enforcement only approach...it has been tried and it still does not work, the republican hypocrisy at its best.... they blame the border as if it had a life on it's own!!! The violence at the border is not caused by immigrants!!! Immigrants have generally low levels of criminal activity, they want to work and put food on the table for their families. As long as the high demand for illegal drugs in the US continues, the violence that comes with it will come too... and it comes thru the border.. The drug money then buys assault weapons in AZ and TX gun shows and gun shops, and those guns cause more violence and death on both sides of the border. WHY keep immigrants as part of this mix, if you take them out of the equation then the only people left trying to cross the border will be the drug dealers and gun runners...
  4. Jim's Avatar
    The US Citizen 2nd grader that asked the first lady is now in hiding together with her undocumented mother for fear of being deported.

    We can also say that the AZ law might actually be doing the opposite effects - bringing them further into the shadows. This then will lead to more crimes as those on the shadows will not be reporting crimes for fear of being tracked and deported. It's a spiral downwards.

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