Voters trust Republicans more than Democrats to deal with immigration issues, and there has been a 12-point swing in favor of Republicans since Breitbart Texas published leaked photos of illegal immigrants being warehoused in detention centers.
A Gallup poll found that 65 percent of likely voters think immigration will be “extremely” or “very important” in how they vote in the midterm elections. And Republicans have a five-point advantage over Democrats on the issue.
As The Hill noted, “in a sign of how the surge in unaccompanied children at the border could have changed the politics of the issue, voters now give Republicans the advantage, by 47 to 42 percent. By contrast, in April, before the border crisis drew attention, Democrats led, 49 to 42 percent.”
Since Breitbart Texas published the leaked photos in June, the mainstream media were forced to cover illegal immigration. According to Gallup, illegal immigration is the top issue among all Republicans. President Barack Obama delayed his executive amnesty, saying the politics had changed on the issue after the flood of illegal immigrants from Central America — because Senate Democrats, realizing the unpopularity of Obama’s executive amnesty, begged him to delay it so they could have a better chance of retaining control of the Senate.
Republicans like New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown have surged since campaigning on illegal immigration during this election cycle even as supposed GOP “gurus” like Karl Rove have advised candidates not to make illegal immigration and amnesty campaign issues.