New Harvard-Harris Poll Shows Majority Think Dems Playing Politics with DACA; Strong Support for Trump Immigration Enforcement Pillars

Fifty-three percent of Americans, including 61 percent of independents, believe that the Democrats are not sincere in their pursuit of a DACA fix and instead are holding out on a solution until after midterm elections, according to a new Harvard-Harris poll released February 20.

The poll shows strong support across the board for many of the President Trump’s immigration initiatives.  Eighty-four percent of Americans, including 83 percent of Hispanics, believe that a person’s level of education and skills, and their overall ability to contribute to the U.S. should be the primary consideration when selecting immigrants. Only 16 percent of respondents overall, including 17 percent of Hispanics, believe that having a relative in the U.S. should be a priority for selection.

Nearly eight out of 10 Americans back the notion of secure borders, a sentiment that transcends political and ethnic lines, including 71 percent of Democrats, 80 percent of Independents, 72 percent of Hispanics and 71 percent of blacks.   Wide majorities also panned the controversial visa lottery, with 7 out of 10 opposing selecting immigrants by chance alone.

Americans are also very skeptical of the idea of a “clean DACA” bill, with only 27 percent supporting that approach to addressing the issue. Hispanic support for a clean DACA bill was much weaker, with only 17 percent supporting the idea. Moreover, on the future status of the parents of DACA recipients – an issue not often mentioned in ongoing discussions – 60 percent of respondents believe DACA recipients should not be allowed to bring their parents into the U.S., noting that it would only encourage more illegal immigration.

But will these sentiments translate into political reality?  The House of Representatives could immediately move forward on The Securing America’s Future Act, H.R. 4760, sponsored by the Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas).  The bill is a robust path forward for many of the President’s immigration priorities  while offering protection for the current DACA population.

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Dave rejoined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016 and brings more than thirty years of proactive communications experience working with non-profits, trade associations and the private sector. Dave has written and placed op-eds in more than 100 publications for national and state leaders in fields ranging from immigration to agriculture policy, food and energy. Ray has served as a chief spokesman for several national organizations and has extensive radio and television experience as well.


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    The American people are sick and tired of waiting for decades for Congress to protect their lives and secure the border. Members of Congress are allowing criminals and potential terrorists to enter our country across our border along with fully automatic military grade illegal weapons. How are we supposed to reduce mass shootings in America when you are allowing criminals with all of this illegal weaponry into our country?

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    And then, of course, there has to be some collusion between Mexico and almost all the Democratic party and some Republicans. We have had a slow motion invasion of this country over the last 30 years, assisted by our government refusing to enforce the law. And the Obama administration, with Hillary as Secretary of State, sold 20% of our uranium supply to Russia, after Russian companies made over a hundred million in “donations” to the Clinton Foundation. But some Trump associate shook hands with a Russian for 30 seconds a couple years ago and according to our media that’s the real scandal.

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    Searching the internet for a Main Stream Meda for an anti-DACA article finds nearly nothing. Yet when you look at comments to those pro-DACA stories the anti-DACA comments supports the findings presented here.

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