Poll Shows Majority Want Legal Immigration Reduced

Poll Shows Majority Want Legal Immigration Reduced

“While most voters favor citizenship for illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements, there is widespread agreement that new border security should come first. In addition, more than half say we should cut the number of legal immigrants allowed into the United States. A just-released Fox News poll finds 55 percent of voters think fewer legal immigrants should be accepted into the U.S. That’s up from 43 percent in 2010,” Fox News reports.

Judge Says Obama Unilateral Amnesty Likely to be Blocked

“A court challenge by federal immigration agents seeking to block President Barack Obama’s deferred-deportation initiative will probably succeed, a judge said.”

“U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Dallas today put off his own decision on whether to grant the request for a preliminary injunction by 10 U.S. Immigration and Customs agents. He asked both sides to file additional arguments no later than May 6,” Bloomberg News says.

“Announced by Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano last year, the directive gives agents the ability to defer action on people unlawfully in the U.S. if they came to the country under the age of 16, are in school or have obtained a high school diploma, haven’t been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors, and aren’t a threat to public safety or national security.”

Boston Bombers, Rest of Family Got Welfare

“Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned. State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits,” the Boston Herald reports.

Schlafly: Security Isn’t Just About the Border

“The Boston bombing crime shows that comprehensive immigration reform should not be only a southern border problem or even just a problem of illegal aliens. It’s also a problem of foreigners who are admitted legally but should never have been admitted, and of others admitted legally on a visa but are not tracked to make sure they depart when their visitor’s time expires, as U.S. law requires,” says Phyliss Schlafly.

“It’s long overdue for Congress to have a series of hearings on the loopholes, broken promises and disobeyed laws involving both legal and illegal entry into the United States. It would be useful to reinstate the House Committee on Un-American Activities so we can have a look at those in our midst who may be jihadists or dupes of violent Muslim indoctrination or (in old Communist lingo) fellow travelers or useful idiots.”

How Can Feds Screen 11 Million People?

“The 11 million immigrants in the country illegally would have to pass national-security and criminal-background checks before receiving legal status under an immigration overhaul bill the Senate is considering, but some critics say the federal government would have a hard time adequately screening such a large number of people. Federal immigration officials conducting the background checks also would have difficulty screening out potential terrorists because the checks are limited to information contained in government databases and terrorist-watch lists, critics say,” the Arizona Republic reports.

“To give amnesty to millions — without knowing whether some of them want to do us harm — is to jeopardize American lives,” Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said in a written statement. “We should go slow before making any changes to immigration policy that don’t put the interests of Americans first.”

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    America was built by immigrants mostly from Europe & is now being dissolved slowly but surely by illegal immigrants & visa over-stayers from 3rd world nations…..this must stop! Not all immigrants are bad but we are currently being flooded by people from nations that are not all for us. Ones that want to take from more than they want to contribute to the U.S.A., with little or no respect for Americans. We do not need this, we do not need them. Only a certain small percent should be allowed to stay here for certain industries. The ones that respect our great nation and its laws. We have the third largest population in the world. Its time to focus on us and help our fellow Americans, then we can be strong again & help other nation’s economies that need it so they don’t invade ours. Thanks.

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      John Winthrop on

      HA!…you forgot Mexico…………….and the Africans Americans………………………………AMAZING!!!

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      John Winthrop on

      dan p. I am sure the Indians have the dame feeling about us…….just man up and let the future be built so that ultimately we remain a POWER that is what is at stake!!!…..

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      Gerald Cortez on

      Consider the following: With close to 12 million American citizens unemployed, the idiot-in-chief, wants at least 11 million illegal aliens to be allowed to remain in our country, and compete for jobs with our citizens; also, our government still wants to allow 1 million people to legallily immigrate each year. Americans,do you like that math?

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    We do not need immigration reform!

    We do not need better border security!

    We do not need to deport 11 million immigrants!

    All we need to do is enforce our immigration laws and increase the consequence for the law breakers that refuse to comply with our laws.

    Instead of deporting law breakers back to their country to be joined by families and friends just put them in prison for 10 years, no parole, and no exceptions.

    We can outsource our immigration prisons to Haiti to reduce our prison management costs while helping a poor country advance.

    When we send the first million to prison the others will leave or fear getting caught and sent to prison.


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    The whole thing is geared to ensure that the Democrats get all of the votes from the illegals and others so they can gain absolute power and turn the USA into a 3rd world type dictatorship! Close the borders!

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      richard harris on

      We need to put our military on the borders and stop the illegal entrys once and for all.

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    I totally agree with what’s being said about the Mexicans or the others as well we are inviting these or letting them stay in our country, I have a friend that lost her job working hard for 40 years, we to Welfare to get help they told she could not get benefits not even a medical card and she is has an Illness she told them you are taking care of people that are not even citizens in the United States but they come here have not problems I was born here and have worked for mines all these years, but they get housing benefits food stamps and everything. while she was still setting there she said a caseworker came in and ask the supervisor that was also Mexican saying she had a woman that came with her child and it was not illegal could she put on her benefits without a birth certificate and she told yes and told my friend you can’t be helped here. These people has caused so much trouble we some problems but not like these I am afraid to drive on the street they pass you on the street going 60 miles per hour, drive on your bumper, go thru stop lights signs driving and you see them, kidnapping little girls raping them, they want out of their country and when they go to court before Judge I am not a citizen here, so they can be deported and come right back here with the same nonsense. Personally I want them all to go back from where the came from, I don’t care how many babies or kids they have if you Illegal your kids are too. Now that the way I see it, get out of America and return where belong, and our people need job the young and the old needs jobs get out of here. and another thing how come people that have a green card comes here and get government jobs that card says you here for a length of time, not a citizen that’s wrong as well, and collecting money for school my granddaughter can’t get a loan or a grant to get in school the have that sewed up too every thing that we work for our kids to with our taxes they have it when they do get in school there no space you got to wait. I am tired of them spending my money and everyone else’s.

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      John Winthrop on

      It appears your friend owns a house……so therefore will not qualify for Welfare………it is a sad reality…..she should be helped regardless…………………………………………………. inexcusable.!!

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    Gerardo Campbell on

    I think we should not let that many illegals have the benefit of the people that came in here legally. But, I think the Demopcrats are doing this to have them on theiri side of elections.

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    “U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Dallas today put off his own decision on whether to grant the request for a preliminary injunction by 10 U.S. Immigration and Customs agents. He asked both sides to file additional arguments no later than May 6,” Bloomberg could be as usual, being put off to give time for him to be bought off or frightened to oking things as the admin wants. seems things go the other way when there is time for new arguments.

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    The very first statement in this piece is an out and out LIE, so why would I bother to read the rest? Most voters DO NOT favor citizenship for illegal aliens regardless of “certain requirements.” When you start with a falsehood, it taints the rest of it.

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      Gerardo Campbell on

      Ii think he is right about his comments. Especially the Mexicans, because you are not treated like people when you visit their country, unless you are willing to give them what they want, money.

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        John Winthrop on

        It depends where you landed in Mexico….they also have educated white black and all kinds of people…….you should travel more…………………..I traveled there and the families I met where no different from the American ones……such a silly thing for you to generalize…..really…….like saying all Americans are stupid when in reality that is not true but the Europeans nad lately I learned the Chinese also think so…………….

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          Why are you so against our comments? bet John Winthrop is not your real name & that you are for the North American Union & support the re-conquista aka Azlan…..

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    Diane Kelsey on

    As I mentioned in an earlier comment, the Clinton Administration hired numerous ethnic contractors to handle a backlog of amnesty applications. And, of course, they certified that the members of their particular groups had met all of the requirements to become citizens. I would guess that they also did not look too closely at the documentation that was presented to them. As a result of their failure to conduct the required background checks, thousands of convicted felons were sworn in as citizens/voters.

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      John Winthrop on

      Diane define ethnic REALLY!!!! and behind these contractors we had American Lawyers who went along the issue….did you know that?…..later they were held accountable……………..REMEMBER…..we are the ones that caused all of this and now WE have to fix it……………….

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    For the immigration reform, the US will be checking the background for what they done in the US, but not in their native countries, so the goverment will not know what they have done in their countries. There are thousands of people that commit crimes in their countries and the cross the border escaping from the law. So they will show up clean here but they are criminals in their native countries, so they are being awarded for being criminals. They should not only Pay for the taxes, they should.also pay for the government benefits, they being receiving
    Just because had a kid here. I have to pay for my insurance plus copayments.

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      Gerald Cortez on

      Congress should pass a bill stating that illegal entry into our country is a felony, period.

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    I don’t think most people even are aware that we have been growing by almost 30 million people per decade for the last three decades, most of that from direct and indirect effects of immigration. Most people are aware of the many charitable works of Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward. But very few people know, because the media ignores it, that Woodward is a board member of Negative Population Growth, a group that is for restricting immigration to a trickle to reduce our population growth. And they are opposed to this latest amnesty because it will encourage more illegal immigration.