A “friends and family” memo to Congress on the immigration issue by Kellyanne Conway, President & CEO of the polling company, inc./WomanTrend, shows that “Americans are more focused, and more opinionated on the issue of immigration than in recent years.”
Some of the highlights:
• 81% of voters support of immigration policies that protect the American workers and allowing workers a fair opportunity to do the jobs that illegal immigrants currently do.
• Americans favor (58%-32%) the three main aspects of recent legislation passed in the House on immigration policy: enforcement of current law, repatriation of young illegal immigrants to their home countries, and limiting the President’s ability to use executive action to legalize immigrants on his own.
• There is a desire (74%-24%) for the President to work with Congress, rather than around them with executive action.
More from the Memo:
“Fairness” is a core governing value in this country, having replaced “equality” on a number of issues. On immigration, voters demand fairness toward everyone in the equation, not just the immigrants. What is fair to the economy? To blue-collar workers? Are employers doing all they can to be fair to Americans looking to earn an honest day’s wage for an honest day’s work?
The children-at-the-border-crisis has brought into sharp relief public opinion about immigration. Out of sight, out of mind is over.
There is strong consensus on many populist immigration policies that should find new audiences:
• Strengthen enforcement of current immigration laws.
• Restrict or eliminate public benefits to illegal immigrants – at least adults – and improve enforcement of employment laws.
• Limit chain immigration for legal immigrants to immediate nuclear family (spouse and minor children).
For a copy of the memo, please click the following link: Immigration – Public Opinion Realities and Policy Political Opportunities Friends Family Memo
For a slide deck featuring analysis from the study, please click here: Immigration – Public Opinion Realities and Policy Political Opportunities – Friends Family Memo- 08 19 2014