Voters still strongly believe that gaining control of the border should be the legislative priority. A new national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters say gaining control of the border is more important in terms of immigration legislation that legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States.
The study by Rasmussen Reports, Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree and say legalizing the status of illegal workers is more important. These numbers are consistent with findings for years.
Voters are evenly divided over whether young people brought to this country illegally brought to this country illegally by their parents should be viewed as breaking the law, an issue we covered yesterday. Making a distinction between illegal immigrants and their children is at the heart of the so-called DREAM Act that some in Congress are hoping to pass before the end of the lame duck session.
In late July, support for the building of a fence along the Mexican border reached a new high of 68%, and voters were more confident than ever that illegal immigration can be stopped.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of all voters believe the policies and practices of the federal government encourage people to enter the United States illegally. But even with a new Republican majority in the House, just 17% of voters are optimistic about what Congress will accomplish in the next couple years when it comes to immigration.