Vast Majority of GOP Midterm Voters: Cut Legal Immigration in Half…at Least

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The Associated Press
Washington, D.C.

The vast majority of Republican likely midterm voters say they want current legal immigration levels — at which the U.S. admits more than one million legal immigrants annually — cut in at least half, a new poll reveals.

According to data by the Polling Company, nearly 70 percent of GOP likely midterm voters want legal immigration reduced to anywhere between zero to 250,000 admissions a year, a major reduction to current mass immigration levels that have led to poor job growth, stagnant wages, and increased public costs to offset the importation of millions of low-skilled foreign nationals.

Nearly 10 percent of GOP likely midterm voters said they want legal immigration levels cut in half, to about 500,000 admissions a year. Less than five percent of GOP likely midterm voters said they wanted legal immigration levels to remain the same.

The polling comes as the Republican establishment has — with Vice President Mike Pence and the billionaire Koch brothers at the helm — sought to run midterm election campaigns on the uninfluential tax reform legislation that was pushed by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

President Trump, though, reportedly finds the plan to run on tax reform “boring,” and instead is planning to stick to his populist immigration and trade agenda, both with a message to reduce foreign competition to America’s workers and businesses.

As Breitbart News reported, the same poll found that swing voters across the country are opposed to allowing big business to import more foreign workers to compete for blue-collar and white-collar jobs against American citizens.

The massive importation of low-skilled foreign nationals to the U.S. has translated to a cheap labor economy that has aided in keeping American mens’ wages stagnant for at least 44 years, as Breitbart News reported. Median earnings for American men working full-time were actually lower in 2016 than they were in 2007.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder. 

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