In an interesting poll recently released by YouGov a plurality of Americans believe that the next President should eliminate President Obama’s Executive Order on illegal immigration. 42% of Americans would like to see the executive order eliminated compared to just 35% who believe it should continue.
Interestingly enough, the poll itself focused not on illegal immigration, but on legal immigration.
The folks at YouGov found that a majority of Americans think that LEGAL immigration is either “About Right” or “Too Low”. While only 28% of Americans think that the numbers of legal immigrants entering the country are too high. This seems to fit with the general cultural mood in the USA on immigration, as most Americans still see our nation as a beacon of hope to the world and a cultural melting pot.
These numbers could pose a bit of a problem for GOP Presidential candidate Scott Walker (R-WI) who recently raised the possibility of limiting legal migration as a response to the high numbers of Illegal migrants entering the country and the effect of migration on the American jobs market.
“In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying we will make adjustments,” Walker said. “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages.
“Because the more I’ve talked to folks — I’ve talked to Senator Sessions and others out there, but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today — is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward.”
This position on legal immigration is a dangerous one for Walker and some wonder if it’s an over-correction from his previously pro-amnesty illegal immigration stance. Even among his own party, more Republicans think that current immigration levels are “About Right” than think that the numbers are too high.
It may be best for Walker to rethink his position on legal immigration because while it may not be a millstone around his neck in the primary, it could prove to be a hassle come general election time.
Far better for Governor Walker to instead focus his efforts on discussing the elimination of President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. On the amnesty question the plurality of Americans are in total agreement with conservative Republicans who say that the President has overreached his authority and that illegal immigration is hurting our nation.