Newly released poll results confirm that an overwhelming majority of American voters agree with President Donald Trump on major immigration issues, including stopping chain migration, implementing merit-based immigration, strengthening border security and reaching a DACA solution.
Shattering the perception touted by the mainstream media that most Americans reject the president’s America-first immigration policies, the latest Harvard-Harris survey administered online to nearly 1,000 registered voters nationwide from Jan. 17–19 reveals that Trump is actually working toward pursuing the typical American’s interests concerning illegal immigrants.
U.S. on immigration: I’m with Trump
Striving to put an end to chain migration, Trump is fighting to implement this practice in favor of a merit-based program, which American voters overwhelmingly support.
“The poll found that 79 percent of Americans favor merit-based immigration over relative-based immigration, known as ‘chain migration,’” TheBlaze divulged from the Harvard-Harris poll. “Just 21 percent of respondents said immigration priority should be associated with relatives.”
When it comes to the visa lottery system for immigration, it was found that Trump is also championing most voters’ wishes to dispose of the policy said to promote so-called “multiculturalism.”
“The survey found that 68 percent of Americans are in-favor of ending ‘the lottery that randomly picks 50,000 people to enter the U.S. each year for greater diversity,’” TheBlaze’s Chris Enloe reported. “Just 32 percent want to keep the system.”
And even though the leftist media has done its best to portray the commander-in-chief as ruthlessly endeavoring to uproot illegal immigrant children – dubbed as “Dreamers” – and throw them back over the border, he has publicly announced that he is willing to work with Democrats on this issue toward their eventual citizenship … in exchange for funding to complete his secure 2,000-mile-long border wall across the U.S.-Mexico border.
“On DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], respondents overwhelmingly agreed – at more than 75 percent each – that undocumented immigrants who meet the DACA criteria should be given work permits and a pathway to citizenship,” Enloe added. “However, respondents said 60–40 that relatives of ‘Dreamers’ should not get priority immigration – as they do currently.”
Tightening border security – including the construction of a continuous southern border wall spanning the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Gulf of Mexico in the east – is also one of the four hot-button immigration issues where Trump and the American public see eye-to-eye.
“More than half (61 percent) also said border security is ‘inadequate,’ while 79 percent said America needs stronger borders,” Enloe pointed out from the poll results.
Curbing migration into the U.S. is also another policy where Americans stand behind Trump.
“On annual visa allotment, the poll found that 72 percent of Americans believe the number of immigrants allowed into the U.S. each year should be less than 1 million, while 54 percent said it should be less than 500,000 and 35 percent said it should be under 250,000 annually,” Enloe noted. “Currently, more than 1 million people immigrate to the U.S. annually.”
Furthermore, when asked about their take on Senate Democrats shutting down the federal government – which ended up lasting three days – to stubbornly push former President Barack Obama’s controversial DACA program, most Americans thought their drastic course of action was unwarranted and outright wrong for America.
“The poll – which was taken just days before the government shutdown – found that 58 percent of Americans oppose[d] Democrats shutting the government down in the fight over DACA,” Enloe recounted. “Just 42 percent said they support[ed] the decision.”
America’s ever-changing demographics
A population report published last year shows that during the last years of the Obama administration, the proportion of America’s foreign-born population generally increased by about 1 million people annually – a number that a majority of American voters currently believe is too high.
“According to the 2016 Current Population Survey (CPS), immigrants and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 84.3 million people, or 27 percent of the overall U.S. population,” Spotlight reported in an article published in March 2017 on MigrationPolicy.org. “In 2015, 1.38 million foreign-born individuals moved to the United States – a 2-percent increase from 1.36 million in 2014.”
And even though immigration from Mexico is often covered on the nightly news more than from any other nation, migrants from two Asian countries outnumber those coming from south of the border.
“India was the leading country of origin for recent immigrants, with 179,800 arriving in 2015, followed by 143,200 from China, 139,400 from Mexico, 47,500 from the Philippines, and 46,800 from Canada,” Spotlight’s Jie Zong and Jeanne Batalova divulged. “In 2013, India and China overtook Mexico as the top origin countries for recent arrivals.”
A considerable percentage of inhabitants in the U.S. now have foreign origins, and the proportion will continue to significantly grow if Obama’s liberal immigration policies are not replaced by Trump’s proposed – and more conservative – measures.
“The U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 43.3 million (13.5 percent) of the total U.S. population of 321.4 million in 2015, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data,” Zong and Batalova informed. “Between 2014 and 2015, the foreign-born population increased by 899,000, or 2.1 percent … compared to 2.5 percent between 2013 and 2014.”