GOP voters' top priorities: Complete border wall, end illegal immigration

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Michael F. Haverluck (

"Build That Wall!"According to a new poll, Republican voters rank as their top priority building a continuous wall along the border and curbing immigration into the U.S. – including eliminating all illegal immigration.

When the latest Harvard/Harris Poll asked American voters, “Which of the following should be the top priority for President Trump?” the largest percentage of Republicans (26 percent) answered, “Building a wall between the United States and Mexico.”

Second on GOP voters’ priority list was, “Reducing the total amount of immigrants allowed in the United States (16 percent), followed by stimulating American jobs (13 percent) and repealing Obamacare (13 percent). Only 6 percent of GOP voters saw passing an infrastructure spending bill as the president’s top priority.

Democrats, on the other hand, saw stimulating American jobs as the top job for the president (24 percent), closely trailed by passing an infrastructure spending bill (23 percent). Only 7 percent of Democrats consider repealing Obamacare as Trump’s top duty, with a mere 4 percent considering reducing the amount of immigrants into the U.S. as the highest priority, and only 3 percent indicated building a wall is the most important thing for the president to take to task.

Addressing the border crisis

With more and more illegal aliens pouring into the U.S. on a daily basis, many conservative Republicans want to make sure Trump makes good on his 2016 campaign promise to secure the border,”

“Currently, only 42 miles of mostly replacement barriers have been built at the U.S.-Mexico border, but hardly any mileage of wall has been built to expand upon existing barriers. Every administration since President George W. Bush has built replacement barriers,” Breitbart News pointed out. “Building a border wall to stop illegal immigration is also the top priority for conservative voters and Trump supporters.”

The increased influx of immigrants into America is becoming more and more of an issue as open-borders, pro-immigration Democrats continue to stymie the commander-in-chief while he strives to implement his tough-on-immigration agenda – including building a $5 billion, 2,000-mile continuous wall spanning from Southern California’s Pacific Coast to South Texas’ Gulf Coast.

“Second to building the wall, Republican voters said they want Trump to focus on reducing all illegal and legal immigration to the U.S.,” Breitbart’s John Binder noted from the poll. “Conservatives and Trump supporters ranked reducing all immigration as their second highest priority as well. Currently, more than 1.2 million legal immigrants are admitted to the country every year, with foreign-born voters expected to account for one in 10 U.S. voters in the 2020 election.”

In 2018, Binder posted the shockingly high projected immigrant numbers released by the Center for Immigration Studies on Twitter.

“@wwwCISorg Report: U.S. is ‘on track to import roughly 15 million new foreign-born voters in the next 20 years,’” Binder tweeted last year. “Of those new voters … between 7 million and 8 million will be brought to the U.S. through chain migration."

He stressed how one process has allowed U.S. immigration numbers to skyrocket.

“Nearly 70 percent of all legal immigration to the U.S. comes through the process known as ‘chain migration,’ whereby newly naturalized citizens are allowed to bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country with them,” Binder informed. “Nearly 10 million legal immigrants have been admitted to the country through chain migration in the last decade, alone, and in the next two decades, chain migration is expected to import about 8 million new foreign-born voters.”

Besides a great gap between Republicans and Democrats on the issue, Binder broke down the great divide further.

“The poll shows the divide between the GOP base and the party establishment’s donor class of billionaires and big business executives,” Binder recounted. “While Republican voters want less immigration, the plutocrat Koch brothers and U.S. Chamber of Commerce push mass amnesty for all illegal aliens as well as an expansion of legal immigration levels to provide corporations with an endless stream of cheaper, foreign workers to compete against working and middle-class Americans.”

One reason to keep the border door open was given.

“Months ago, Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue claimed the country is ‘out of people’ and therefore must import millions more legal immigrants every year to take American jobs,” Binder recalled. “At stake for the GOP donor class’s support for current legal immigration levels and expanding immigration is Americans’ wages.”

However, studies show opening the floodgates for mass immigrations spells economic catastrophe.

“Extensive research by economists like George Borjas and analyst Steven Camarota has found that the country’s current mass legal immigration system – wherein 1.2 million mostly low-skilled workers are admitted annually – burdens U.S. taxpayers and America’s working and middle class while redistributing about $500 billion in wealth every year to major employers and newly arrived immigrants,” Binder added. “Borjas has previously called the country’s legal immigration system the ‘largest anti-poverty program’ in the world at the expense of blue-collar Americans and middle-class taxpayers.”

The disastrous economic toll of not closing the borders was further examined.

“Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, has found that every one-percent increase in the immigrant composition of American workers’ occupations reduces their weekly wages by about 0.5 percent,” Binder pointed out. “This means the average native-born American worker today has his weekly wages reduced by perhaps 8.5 percent because of current legal immigration levels.”

Stemming the tide

More indications that the border immigration crisis is out of control are being presented as new border apprehension numbers provided by the government are being publicized.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released new detention numbers for May 2019 Wednesday afternoon,” Townhall reported. “They exceed the previous month by more than 30 percent. It's the worst month on record so far this year – the third month in a row with over 100,000 detentions and the worst numbers in over a decade.”

The exact numbers are staggering.

“CBP continues to face a worsening crisis at the Southwest border,” CBP tweeted Wednesday. “In May, CBP apprehended or deemed inadmissible 144,278 individuals along the SWB – a 32-percent increase over the previous month.”

Daily figures are equally as concerning.

“Border Patrol agents, working between official U.S. ports of entry, apprehended 132,887 individuals who entered the country illegally in May—an average of 4,286 people per day,” CBP reported in another Wednesday tweet.

Democrats’ insistence that the borders must be kept open to help immigrant families fails to address how American families will continue to suffer as tax dollars fund programs to support illegals – not citizens.

“Fueling the humanitarian crisis, large groups and family units continue to make up the bulk of the influx,” Townhall’s Katie Pavlich explained. “Detention centers are at full capacity, being described as ‘bursting at the seams,’ and thousands of illegal immigrants are being released into the United States as a result.”

Immigrant children continue to be at the heart of the issue.

"88,676 family unit aliens and 11,893 unaccompanied alien children were apprehended or deemed inadmissible in May," CBP announced, according to Townhall. "Border Patrol apprehended 84,542 family unit aliens in May – up 44 percent from the month before."

Swaths of immigrants continue to pour into America.

“Border Patrol agents have encountered over 180 large groups (100+ individuals) along the Southwest border so far in Fiscal Year 2019 – compared to 13 in FY18 and only 2 in FY17,” CBP tweeted Wednesday. “During May alone, USBP apprehended 49 large groups – including a group of 1,045 last week in El Paso.”

The White House continues to put the immigration issue front and center.

“On Wednesday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence met with an official delegation from Mexico to discuss how to approach the ongoing disaster moving forward,” Pavlich noted. “President Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on the country if they don't do more to stop the illegal flow of people from Central American to the United States.”

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