The Immigration Shift

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll [1] shows that public opinion on immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship has dramatically shifted since last spring.  In April, according to the poll, 64 percent of Americans favored such legislation. This month however, that has dropped to 53 percent, with opposition rising to 45 percent – “a swing of more than 20 percentage points.”

It shouldn’t be seen as a coincidence that American attitudes on immigration reform have shifted this much as the crisis on the border has gotten worse. Tens of thousands of immigrants illegally crossing our border isn’t something to support or encourage.

Americans should be angry to know that so many are openly flouting our laws.  Moreover, rewarding such behavior actually goes against basic American principles – contrary to what amnesty advocates want you to think.

The poll also spells bad news for Democrats, who spent most of the summer overplaying their hand on amnesty. The new poll also shows that Americans are now more likely to trust Republicans when it comes to immigration reform, 35 to 27 percent. President Obama’s decision to flip flop on his pledge to unilaterally enact reform and put it off until after the 2014 midterms should do nothing to assuage fears.

The bottom line is that Democrats are out of touch with most Americans when it comes to amnesty for illegal immigrants. President Obama might base his decisions on whichever way the political wind blows, but conservatives have a long and solid record of rejecting amnesty in favor or border security. The American people appreciate that.