Politico poll: Strong voter support for Trump immigration overhaul

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Published by: Robert Laurie on Thursday August 10th, 2017

Paging Jim Acosta

Well, well, well. The Politico is just chock full of interesting tidbits this week.  Not only have they acknowledged that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is toxic, they've also been forced to admit that President Trump's immigration overhaul - which the left pilloried last week - is not.

According to their new Morning Consult/Politico Poll, much of what Trump proposed enjoys strong public support.  This will not come as a surprise to conservatives, but may shock people like CNN's Jim Acosta, who think 'statue poetry' and 'legally binding public policy' are synonyms.

Oof.  That's gotta sting, right liberals?  I suppose we should expect a barrage of "just because it's popular, doesn't mean it's right" defenses.  That's generally true, but they're going to have a tough time making the case on this one.

First, even if we enacted all of Trump's proposals, we'd still have the most open and welcoming immigration system on Earth.

Second, the numbers are overwhelming in terms of support, as the Politico reports:

Majorities back limiting the number of refugees offered permanent residency (58 percent) and establishing a “points system” that would award points based on criteria such as education, English proficiency and prospective salary in the U.S. (60 percent).

Support for some of the other provisions in the bill isn't as strong but still exceeds opposition. Forty-eight percent of voters support reducing the number of legal immigrants by half over the next decade, compared to 39 percent who oppose that. On what Miller called “unlimited family chain migration,” 45 percent support ending the ability of U.S. citizens and permanent residents to petition to get extended family members green cards, while 39 percent oppose ending that.

As for English-language proficiency, 62 percent say it should be a factor in determining who should be allowed to immigrate legally.

"Even the more controversial provisions in this legislation receive support from a plurality of voters," said Morning Consult co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp. "The reason for this is ostensibly that Republican support is more consolidated than Democratic opposition. For example, 73 percent of Republican voters support reducing the number of legal immigrants, compared to 57 percent of Democrats who oppose that idea."

So, the numbers are there.  The only question now is: do Republicans in Congress have the cojones to do it? Given their recent handling of ObamaCare, and the eerie silence about tax reform, I have to wonder...

Regardless, I hope Politico HQ has installed that "FoxConn suicide-netting" around the building.  We imagine reporting this kind of news can't be good for the mental state of the average lefty "journalist."

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