Poll: DACA Amnesty a ‘Top Priority’ for Only 23 Percent of Swing-Voters

Young immigrants, activists and supporters of the DACA program march through downtown Los Angeles, California on September 5, 2017 after the Trump administration formally announced it will end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, giving Congress six months to act. US President Donald Trump ended an amnesty protecting …

NEW YORK CITY, New York — An amnesty for young illegals is a “top priority” for only 23 percent of American voters who identify as Independents, says a new Morning Consult-POLITICO poll.

The no-strings amnesty is also strongly opposed by 16 percent of 652 independents in the November survey, and likely by many of the 23 percent of people who say they have no comment or don’t know.

The poll question nudged people to accept the amnesty, but it did not also ask people for a response to the scale and cost of the amnesty, which would cover 3 million people and would allow them to bring in several million relatives from their home countries. The question asked:

How important of a priority should each of the following be for Congress? Passing a bill that grants young people who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children, often with their parents, protection from deportation

In contrast, support for an amnesty drops sharply in polls which ask voters to balance their pro-immigration attitudes with concerns about fairness to fellow Americans.

In another question, only 11 percent of the independents said the DACA amnesty should be “the top priority” for Congress, far below the 24 percent urging health care reform, 16 percent for investigations into Russia’s role in the 2016 elections and 14 percent for a tax reform. Entitlement reform and infrastructure spending were the highest priorities for 10 percent and 8 percent of the independent voters in the survey. Only 12 percent of Democratic voters said a DACA amnesty should be the top priority.

The new poll also shows a steady decline in support for amnesty since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in September that President Trump would ultimately end DACA by March 2018.

In September, roughly 35 percent of Independents said an amnesty for DACA illegal aliens should be prioritized.

Flash-forward to today and only 23 percent of Independents say an amnesty for DACA illegal aliens should get congressional priority, a 12-point drop in support just in a couple months.

Overall, American voters are increasingly opposed to a prioritized amnesty for DACA recipients, as Breitbart News reported, with fewer than 30 percent of Americans saying they support a quick amnesty deal. Even among Democrat voters, amnesty is becoming more and more unpopular, with fewer than 45 percent Democrats wanting Congress to push through an amnesty deal.

Despite little support for amnesty for illegal aliens, Democrats, the Republican establishment, the cheap labor industry, big business and the open borders lobby have teamed up to relentlessly push for legalizing up to 3.3 million illegal aliens who are on the DACA rolls or eligible for DACA.

While pushing multiple amnesty plans in the House and Senate, lawmakers — especially those in the GOP — have ignored Trump’s popular immigration principles, which include:

  • Construction of a border wall
  • Deporting unaccompanied alien children who are not at-risk in their native country
  • Preventing criminal illegal aliens and gang members from receiving immigration benefits
  • Mandating E-Verify, which weeds out illegal aliens from taking U.S. jobs
  • Eliminating the diversity visa lottery
  • Classifying overstaying a visa as a “misdemeanor”
  • Restricting certain federal grants to sanctuary cities that refuse to detain criminal illegal aliens
  • Ending family-based chain migration
  • Enacting a merit-based legal immigration where only qualified immigrants can enter the U.S.

Unlike an amnesty for illegal aliens, many of Trump’s pro-American reforms are actually popular with the American people.

A Pulse Opinion Research poll in August, though, showed that Americans believe the second-most important aspect to stemming the flow of illegal immigration was constructing a border wall on the southern border.

That same poll found that 68 percent of Americans support mandatory E-Verify, 53 percent say stopping employers from hiring illegal aliens was the most important component to ending illegal immigration, and 54 percent said they wanted to see overall legal immigration levels reduced.

Since DACA’s inception, more than 2,100 DACA recipients saw their protected status revoked for being involved in gang activity or suspected/convicted of a felony. Due to a loophole in the DACA program, more than 39,000 illegal aliens have been able to obtain Green Cards and more than 1,000 naturalized.

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


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