A recent nationwide poll revealed that a majority of likely voters in the United States reject the thought of living in sanctuary cities and most agree with President Donald Trump that illegal aliens taken into custody should be sent to these Democrat-backed urban refuges – not their hometowns.
“Voters still aren’t eager to live in so-called sanctuary communities, and they tend to support President Trump’s proposal to send illegal immigrants to those communities,” Rasmussen Reports found from its latest poll conducted on 1,000 likely voters between April 18 and 21. “Just over half (51 percent) don’t want to live in a sanctuary community that refuses to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.”
Personal security was sited as the major reason most Americans are opposed so the idea of sanctuary cities.
“[The plurality of those polled believ[e] sanctuary cities to be less safe,” Townhall noted from the survey.
Most U.S. citizens were supportive of the president when he challenged Democrats to stand behind the sanctuary cities they are pushing on Americans by welcoming newly apprehended illegals. Most likely U.S. voters agreed that illegal immigrants apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other border patrol agents should only be sent to the cities that profess to want them – or at least pretend to support the idea of welcoming illegals.
“Just 31 percent oppose [the] plan to send illegals to sanctuary communities,” Rasmussen Reports divulged from its poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC, which has a +/- 3-percentage point sampling error margin and a 95-percent level of confidence.
But just over a third of voters interviewed via the phone and online survey want these illegal immigrants living in a neighborhood near them – one that has been designated as a bastion for illegals – and this opposition has remained constant for years.
“[Only] 36 percent of likely U.S. voters favor the community they live in declaring itself a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, [and] 13 percent are not sure,” Rasmussen informed from the results. “These findings haven’t changed over the past two years.”
The greatest proportion of voters views sanctuary cities as unnecessarily putting their residents in greater danger.
"Forty-one (41) percent believe sanctuary cities are less safe than communities that do not protect illegal immigrants from federal authorities,” the survey revealed. “Only 13 percent say they are more safe, while 36 percent think the level of safety is about the same as it is elsewhere."
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Even though Democratic leaders chided Trump for his plans to send illegal immigrants apprehended at the border to sanctuary cities backed by the Democratic Party and leftist local officials, a majority of voters within the blue party welcome the idea of opening their communities to illegals.
"Fifty-seven percent (57 percent) of Democrats favor the community they live in declaring itself a sanctuary for illegal immigrants,” the poll indicated.
However, most conservative voters and those not registered as Republican or Democrat are averse to the idea of inviting illegal immigrants into their neighborhoods.
“Seventy-five (75) percent of Republicans and 54 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party oppose living in a sanctuary community," researchers found.
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Over the past couple of years, the number of cities and states refusing to abide by immigration laws and work with federal immigration authorities to bring illegals under the law – including possible deportation – have increased, declaring themselves as defiant “sanctuary cities” or “sanctuary states.”
“Many major metropolitan centers in the U.S. are declared sanctuary communities or cities, includ[ing]: New York, Baltimore, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County, Md.,” Talk News Media (TMN) reported. “Eight states have been designated as sanctuaries: California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont. A new sanctuary bill was introduced Thursday in the New York State Legislature.”
Arguments for and against setting up these controversial safe havens for illegals have been the center of debate for Trump (and his tough-on-immigration plans) and Democrats (and their pro-immigration, open borders agenda),.
“Sanctuary city proponents have argued that allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in their communities without fear of deportation allows them to economically contribute and makes them comfortable enough to report crimes to the police,” TMN’s Bryan Renbaum explained. “Opponents of the policy maintain that sanctuary cities make communities less safe and decrease employment prospects for American citizens.”
Trump’s revised plan to deal with America’s escalating illegal immigration crisis is sparking even more contention from pro-immigration Democrats seeking the Hispanic vote.
“President Donald Trump recently drew the ire of Democrats by proposing to relocate undocumented immigrants living in various parts of the country to sanctuary cities,” Renbaum recounted. “The administration has tried to prevent sanctuary cities from receiving certain grants, but courts have blocked those efforts.”
Earlier this month, the president made it clear that the U.S. has reached its capacity for taking in any more illegal immigrants.
"Whether it’s asylum, whether it’s anything you want, it’s illegal immigration – can’t take you anymore,” Trump told police officers and those seeking to enter the U.S. illegally, according to Fox News. “Our country is full – our area is full, the sector is full – can’t take you anymore. I’m sorry, can’t happen, so turn around – that’s the way it is."