Heartache: Majority Support Trump’s Legal Immigration Plan

Heartache: Majority Support Trump’s Legal Immigration Plan

Once again, Democrats are on the wrong side of history. On the bright side, this means some great business for the makers of Rolaids, Pepto Bismal, and other medicines for gastric issues. And aspirin and aspirin substitutes. And Prozac. Valium. Etc

Poll: Voters support Trump-backed immigration bill

Voters support most elements of President Donald Trump’s proposal to scale back legal immigration to the United States and change the criteria by which the U.S. admits immigrants, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

Trump last week announced support for a bill introduced by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) that would favor worker skills over family connections and reduce legal immigration by half.

In defending the bill, White House adviser Stephen Miller cited the popularity of provisions of the bill in public opinion polling and predicted a wave of popular support for a bill that’s been long stalled in the Senate.

And, how’d that turn out?

Majorities back limiting the number of refugees offered permanent residency (58 percent) and establishing a “points system” that would award points based on criteria such as education, English proficiency and prospective salary in the U.S. (60 percent).

Support for some of the other provisions in the bill isn’t as strong but still exceeds opposition. Forty-eight percent of voters support reducing the number of legal immigrants by half over the next decade, compared to 39 percent who oppose that. On what Miller called “unlimited family chain migration,” 45 percent support ending the ability for U.S. citizens and permanent residents to petition to get extended family members green cards, while 39 percent oppose ending that.

Furthermore, we see in the poll (legal immigration questions start on page 4, these next are on 6), 54% believe that professional or academic achievement should be a major factor. 57% say education should be a factor. 54% say need for government assistance should be a factor, meaning, we do not need to be bringing in people who immediately go on the public dole.

35% strongly support limiting the number of refugees offered permanent residency. Only 15% strongly oppose. 24% somewhat support, 16% somewhat oppose. And

As for English-language proficiency, 62 percent say it should be a factor in determining who should be allowed to immigrate legally.

That’s a dagger to the liberal heart, as they prefer bringing in people who aren’t able to communicate with the majority of people in the United States, but do understand general yard maintenance at liberal big-wig McMansions.

Interestingly, the poll samples women 53% to 47% (wait, did Politico assume gender?). And oversamples Democrats 36%, to 32% Independent and 32% Republican.

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