Wow. Could Donald Trump single handedly be turning the tide of political opinion against illegal immigration? It sure seems that way.
In recent years politicians have been terrified to even broach the subject of deporting illegal immigrants as part of immigration reform because of the likely backlash that they would have to face from voters. However, in recent days Donald Trump has seemed curiously impervious to critical reaction from left-leaning immigration activists and from moderate GOP sources who worry that he could be ‘poisoning the well’ for Republican presidential candidates. Ever major GOP candidate not named Ted Cruz has publicly commented on the “over the top” nature of Trump’s Illegal immigration comments. However, on this issue, it’s not Trump who is extreme, it’s everyone else (again not named Cruz) that doesn’t seem to understand what the American people are thinking on the subject.
The proof of Trump’s “mainstream” immigration policies are in the latest national poll from Investors Business Daily.
The latest IBD/TIPP Poll asked 913 adults coast to coast if they “support or oppose mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants in the U.S.” Not surprisingly, 87% of Trump supporters back the proposal.
What’s surprising is that 59% of the overall public does as well. Mandatory deportation gets majority support in all age groups except 18-24, every income group, among both women and men, at every level of educational achievement, and in rural, urban and suburban regions.
More interesting still is the fact that 64% of independents and 55% of moderates support deportation.
Even among Hispanics, the poll found 40% backed mandatory deportation — although the sample size is too small to make much of that number.
This is not a conservative/liberal divide; our ideas about illegal immigration are grounded in our beliefs about the law and justice. It is unjust for millions of people who broke the law to enter our nation to be given special treatment and be allowed to remain in our country when millions of other people have faithfully abided by our laws and are being kept out. It is also unjust for our government to prosecute American citizens for misdemeanor offenses while choosing to turn a blind eye toward the crimes of non-citizens who enter our country in defiance of our laws.
Corrupt politicians like Barack Obama (as well as other Democrats and Republicans) cannot have it both ways. Either we live in a nation governed by our laws… or we don’t.