Voters in 10 key battleground states support President Trump’s border closing during the coronavirus crisis to open jobs to unemployed people in America and block the importation of the virus, according to a new survey done for an immigration reform advocacy group.
In the poll for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which opposes illegal immigration, voters by a margin of about 2 to 1 embraced the administration’s pause on immigration while U.S. unemployment surged during the pandemic.
The voters in the states expected to decide the 2020 presidential race also opposed “amnesty” for younger illegal immigrants and back the president’s increased border security initiatives. The survey found that in none of the 10 states did support for granting amnesty to those in the United States under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program rise above 30%.
“The polling shows clear public support for immigration policy steps that the Trump administration must take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting economic and unemployment crisis,” said Dan Stein, president of FAIR.
“This poll of voters in the states that will most likely decide the election demonstrates clearly that the American public understands and supports the need to reduce the flow of people entering the country who will compete for jobs during this crisis and once the economy fully reopens,” he added.
While the debate over immigration has taken a back seat to the coronavirus crisis and the national debate over race and police tactics, it continues to divide Washington. For example, while the administration pushes for stronger border enforcement and continues to build the border wall, Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi are seeking a more open border and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the U.S.
FAIR teamed with Zogby Analytics to pose immigration questions to voters in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. FAIR shared the results with Secrets on Wednesday.
While it quizzed voters on immigration issues related to employment drops during the virus pandemic, it also found that voters in the states are not anti-immigrant. They appear to prefer that jobs taken by immigrants instead go to citizens. And they want immigrants to be tested for the virus before entering the U.S.
The overall findings, according to FAIR’s analysis of the results in the 10 states:
- By about margins of 2 to 1, voters support “reductions in immigration and guest workers admissions” during the crisis.
- Strong majorities of voters believe that “limiting admission of new immigrants and guest workers will improve the chances of laid-off American workers being rehired.”
- Some 75% to 80% of voters believe that it is prudent to “slow the admission of foreign nationals until we can provide thorough health screening to everyone entering the country.”
- By majorities of about 2 to 1, voters prioritize reducing overall immigration and strengthening immigration enforcement and border security, over increasing immigration, granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, and decriminalizing illegal immigration.
“Voters in these key states agree that reductions in the admission of new immigrants and foreign workers are a prudent response to a crisis that has resulted in some 40 million Americans losing their jobs, and there is broad public support for these additional measures to be taken by the White House,” Stein said.
Author: Paul Bedard
Source: Washington Examiner: Battleground voters, 2-1, back US immigration pause to help unemployed