Republicans Strongly Back Trump on Immigration



President Trump’s tough stand on immigration – the signature issue that powered his 2016 campaign – continues to get high marks from Republican voters, and GOP House candidates are joining in as the November elections approach.

A new Harvard/Harris poll shows 76 percent of Republicans surveyed support Trump’s immigration policies.
Another recent survey pointed to broadening support for stricter curbs on immigration – both illegal and legal.

Two states tell the story in the Pulse Opinion Research poll:

  • Wisconsin voters, who went for Trump in 2016, favor reducing legal immigration by a margin of 57 percent to 31 percent.
  • More surprisingly, voters in California – a deep blue state with the highest percentage of immigrants – support immigration cuts by an almost identical percentage, 57-32.

Equally stunning: Only 38 percent of California voters favor continuing chain migration; 51 percent said Congress should allow “immigrants to bring in only their spouse and minor children.”

USA Today reported this week that Republican congressional candidates – formerly reticent to speak out about immigration — are clamoring aboard Trump’s bandwagon.

So far this election cycle, GOP candidates have aired more than 14,000 campaign ads touting a tough Trump-style immigration platform.

USA Today called the emphasis on immigration “a dramatic shift from the midterm elections in 2014” – at least as far as conservative and independent voters are concerned.

Democratic House candidates, meantime, are saying little or nothing about the issue.

During a closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California warned backsliding members that softer immigration policies – including an extension of President Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – could demoralize the GOP base and end party control of the lower chamber.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

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    VivaLaMigra on

    I’m hoping the GOP will hold firm to a pro-American immigration policy. If congresscritters really wanted to help AMERICAN CITIZENS, there are probably a million in Puerto Rico who would like to resettle on the mainland. We should halt ALL immigration until the crisis on the island has been addressed. As for GOP resolve on the issue, I am hopeful but not convinced. After all, they don’t call the GOP the “Stupid Party” for nothing!

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        The American on

        Why get offended by facts,,?…it is now our way. .to insult people n go after them…..Trump does it all the time.. …

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        I agree with this person! The illegal immigrants are doing better than most Americans. At least I know their doing better than me. I only get $508.00 a month in Social Security and there are a lot of people who are Americans doing the same or worse than me!!!

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