New Polls in Eight States Shows Overwhelming Support for Defunding Obama’s Executive Amnesty

indexVoters have a message to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio): Defund the unconstitutional illegal alien amnesty programs President Obama is attempting to implement.

According to polls conducted by Zogby Analytics on behalf of FAIR, voters are adamantly opposed to the president’s amnesty programs and they believe that Congress should include explicit language in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill that cuts off the funding needed to carry out those programs. The public is also clear that if a budget impasse occurs because Senate Democrats block inclusion of defunding in their DHS spending bill, or if the president vetoes a bill because it prevents him from carrying out his political agenda, they will hold the president and his party accountable.

In other words, voters are giving Republicans in Congress a green light to hold the line on the defunding provisions that were passed by the House last month. McConnell and Boehner have the opportunity to do what is right and what is politically popular.

The FAIR polls were conducted among likely voters in eight states: Indiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia. In each of those states, senators who are on record as opposing President Obama’s abuse of executive power to implement a mass illegal alien amnesty voted against provisions to defund them.

Voters had a clear message to their senators as well: They expect more than just talk from their elected representatives; they expect them to back up their talk by voting to defund the unconstitutional amnesty programs they claim to oppose.

Nobody wants to see a partial shutdown of DHS operations that may occur if a budget is not approved this week. (About 85 percent of DHS employees are deemed “essential workers” and would remain on the job even if a funding bill is not approved.) But the polls indicate that voters see a greater risk to allowing the president to divert fund and manpower away from DHS’s primary mission of securing the homeland and using them to carry out the president’s political agenda.

Win-win situations don’t come along all that often in Washington. The public is now waiting to see if the congressional leadership will seize the opportunity to uphold the Constitution and protect the interests and security of the American people.

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


  1. avatar
    Diane anglin on

    I am not in favor of the presidents immigration legislation either but I do know something about conducting a legitimate poll and how do you conduct a poll with meaningful statistics with your own organization sponsoring it. You end up with one of those polls like fox news does…meaningless waste of money because it is so obviously slanted.

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    DHS needs to be broken up and return to smaller agencies that preceded it. Like big government it’s unmanageable. Why are we even discussing amnesty when it is an unlawful activity and Obama has no right to impose new law that forces us to accept illegal activity. Simply, federal law prohibits aiding and abetting or harboring of illegal aliens. Unfortunately, this is a runaway train that should have been derailed long ago.

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    Santuary states, who are all broke from the drain on the social safety net, want other non-santuary states to give them money to pay welfare for illegals who are not even supposed to be here in the first place. Some santuary states have emerged from bankruptcy only after passing huge tax increases on real citizens made retroactive back 5 years for business and property owners. The judge handling the 25 state lawsuit reminded that “We do have a system for legal immigration”. Is anybody listening?

  4. avatar

    This maybe a good time to review the reasons that the American revolution was fought.
    And don’t forget to “REMEMBER THE ALAMO”!

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    GOP has to be careful with these amnesty’s–California was a red state in 1986 after the amnesty in 1987 it turn blue–now it is dark blue and the Democrats want to model the rest of the country just like it.

    • avatar
      Diane anglin on

      I wasn’t aware that fair was a republican organization. Perhaps I need to find another organization that is anti illegal immigration and endless population growth to donate to.

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    Obama and Mitch McConnell (and possibly John Boeher: I hope Boehner is not as Satanic as Obama and Mitch McConnell are: those 2 are just Satan followers and liars and un-American). I used to think better of McConell, but not any more. He is just as evil as Obama. I hope he changes before God’s return soon. If not, he will be in eternal Hell forever and there will be no turning back then. Why do we not have any total American believers and followers of our constitution in stead of Devil Worshippers? God will put a stop to that evil situation by destroying them and annihilating Satan’s “killing” people including Obama. God will rule and is ruling over all the universe and He has seen more than the amount of evil that he intends and will begin destroying those God haters and Devil worshippers very,, very soon, and you and I don’t know when, but he has told us He will return to earth again like the twinkling of an eye. Those of us who have worshipped God and followed his Words and actions forever, will be carried into Heaven to be with Him. Unfortunately, those who have been Devil worshippers and killers, and unfaithful to God (including Obama and Mitch McConnell) will be thrown into the firey burning pit of Hell forever!. You have been warned far too long and apparently you do not intend to change, so you will suffer the consequences from God forever and it will definitely be painful and suffering like you have never thought. You cannot say you have not been warned, so now get ready for you Divine punishment!

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      Diane anglin on

      I had no idea that fair was promoting these kinds of attitudes. I thought it was a bi p
      artisan organization. Nor did I know it was some extremist religious organization. Will be sending my donations elsewhere in the future.

  7. avatar

    If a million or so of us wondered over to Mexico and started demanding free handouts I wonder what might happen…..

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    Lets be frank and thoroughly honest, DH(IN)S has been nothing more than a inept and extremely wasteful boondoggle since it’s inception. Especially during BO’s tenure, and the two incompetents he has appointed at secretary. As if there’s not enough waste already from these demented souls in this government, I hope this useless agency enjoys their recent exorbitant office remodel at the taxpayers expense. The insanity continues!

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    If You Called It Executive Order Immigration Reform You’d Fool a Good Portion of the Legal Citizen Voters that it Real Isn’t Amnesty

    Its a Mother Goose Tale Lie from the Open Border Pundits to TOTALLY manipulate the polls.