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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Quinnipiac Poll: Vast majority of American voters want tougher immigration enforcement

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A new Quinnipiac University national poll has found that 68% of American voters believe that immigration policy should emphasize stricter immigration enforcement rather than integrating undocumented immigrants into the United States.

The specific question was asked: "Do you think immigration reform should primarily move in the direction of
integrating illegal immigrants into American society or in the direction of
stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?"

The break down of the answers is as follows: Democrats are split evenly on the issue, with 50% of all Democrats favoring stricter immigration enforcement; Independent voters favor (68%) stricter enforcement; and the vast majority of Republicans (87%) favor stricter immigration enforcement.

It does not appear that there is much difference between the way men and women feel on this issue with 70% and 66% respectively favoring stricter immigration enforcement over the legalization of undocumented immigrants.

These numbers do not bode well for the prospect of immigration reform in the near or distant future.

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  1. Alison's Avatar
    This article is a clear indication that immigration reform is a big problem on Obama's shoulders. The comments made in the 9/15 ILW e-newsletter casting blame on Obama almost exclusively for not stepping up twists Obama's words and does not acknowledge the sentiment noted in the Quinnipiac Poll. It also implies that the Bush Administration's way of governing was one that people would like to see come back again. I don't think Obama would be President if that were true. The sentiment expressed in the Poll is pervasive across the nation so is it really a surprise that we find the attitude in the USCIS as well?

    Being a Global Nomad, Obama is still one of the better bets for getting immigration reform through in my opinion. He's up for challenges and compromises. But if he and Congress -Democrats, Republican, or Tea Party - go only so far as the nation's general sentiment will take them, would you be surprised if it wasn't that far from the status quo? I wouldn't be. Disappointed and frustrated maybe but not surprised.
  2. Marc Seguinot's Avatar
    Matthew, I have represented citizens trapped in the nightmare called "immigration enforcement." I also believe that the burden is on the government to prove a person IS NOT a citizen. What is interesting is that the agency and the courts perpetrate this fallacy -- I believe I predicted this some years ago, and I have turned out to be right! Next come the Puerto Ricans -- Ohio is nothing -- wait until Congress decides that the Jones Act is no longer!!! Take care and thanks for your bloggings.
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