Rasmussen Poll: Liberals and Wealthy Welcome Caravan Migrants

Members of a US-bound migrant caravan stand on a road after federal police briefly blocked their way outside the town of Arriaga, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. GOP
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Two of every three Americans want the federal government to block the caravans of migrant workers from Central America, says a Rasmussen Reports poll.

The opposition among likely voters is deep and broad — except among liberals and people who earn above $200,000 per year.

The poll asked: “Should the U.S. government stop all of the migrants in the Honduras caravan from entering, or should it allow them to enter this country temporarily until each of their cases can be individually reviewed?”

The sample of 880 likely voters opposed the entry of the migrants by 60 percent to 30 percent.

Conservatives oppose the entry by 82 percent to 13 percent, while “moderate” respondents oppose it by 55 percent to 34 percent.

But liberals overwhelmingly favored entry for the migrants, with 63 percent saying the government “should allow them to enter this country temporarily until each of their cases can be individually reviewed.”

Psychological studies show people who strongly oppose inequality tend to become liberals. In contrast, people who emphasize solidarity tend to become Republicans.

Just 24 percent of liberals aligned themselves with American workers by agreeing “the U.S. government should stop all of the migrants in the Honduras caravan from entering.”

The liberals’ welcome policy would spur further labor migration because catch and release policies allow migrants to get U.S. jobs, either legally or illegally. The migrants want and need to work hard to quickly repay the home country mortgages and loans that fund their coyote-guided “Hunger Games” trek past the murderous cartels.

The mass migration ended in 2020 when President Donald Trump managed to stop the catch and release of migrants — nearly all of whom compete with blue-collar Americans for jobs, usually by providing cheaper services to wealthier Americans.

Currently, the northward movement of the caravans is being blocked by the Guatemalan and Mexican soldiers, police, and politicians, even as President Joe Biden’s liberal deputies display their welcome policy by dismantling Trump’s border controls.

Wealthy people who earn above $200,000 also favored the migrants’ entry, by 52 percent to 38 percent.

Responses from liberals and wealthy people dragged the collective response from Democrats down to 38 percent rejection, 49 percent welcome.

In contrast, high school graduates opposed a welcome policy by 64 percent to 22 percent.

People with post-graduate degrees narrowly opposed entry, at 49 percent to 38 percent.

The poll showed an unusually wide class difference between wealthy Americans and poor Americans, partly because it directly asked participants to describe what side are they on.

Race was not a major factor. Blacks and other non-white respondents opposed entry by 58 percent to 33 percent.

The vast majority of Americans tell pollsters that the federal government should ensure Americans have decent jobs before it allows companies to import more foreign workers.

The polls show Americans’ deep and broad opposition to labor migration and the inflow of temporary contract workers into the skilled jobs needed by young and mid-career American graduates.

The multi-racialcross-sexnon-racistclass-based opposition to labor migration co-exists with generally favorable personal feelings toward legal immigrants and toward immigration in theory — despite the media’s magnification of many skewed polls that still push the 1950’s “Nation of Immigrants” claim.

Investor-backed progressives deride the public’s civic solidarity as “xenophobia.” But migration moves money from employees to employers, from families to investors, from young to old, from children to their parents, from homebuyers to real estate investors, and from the central states to the coastal states.

Migration also allows investors and CEOs to skimp on labor-saving technology, sideline U.S. minorities, ignore disabled peopleexploit stoop labor in the fields, shortchange labor in the cities, and also impose tight control and pay cuts on American professionals.

Migration also helps corral technological innovation by minimizing the employment of American graduates, undermine Americans’ labor rights, and redirect progressive journalists to cheerlead for Wall Street’s priorities and claims.

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