An overwhelming majority of Americans, including a majority (54%) of Democrats, do not want President Barack Obama to unilaterally enact executive actions to give illegal immigrants temporary amnesty.
The Investors Business Daily/TIPP poll, which was conducted August 23-28, found that 73% Americans feel that any changes in immigration law should be made with Congress’ approval. The poll found that only 22% said that Obama should “sidestep Congress and act on his own using executive orders.”
The poll also found that 78% of independents and 80% of Americans aged 18 to 24 also do not want Obama to unilaterally change the country’s immigration laws. These numbers may indicate why Obama, who had indicated that he would enact an executive amnesty “by the end of summer,” is reportedly hesitating on announcing his executive actions, realizing that doing so may cost his party the Senate.