Americans Want Stronger Immigration Enforcement, Not Less
In the last year, radical open border activists in the “Abolish ICE” movement have protested, harassed and assaulted their fellow citizens and gained influence among left-wing lawmakers. And just last week, a trio of freshman House Democrats went even further in calling for cuts in funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Even those minimal concessions are too much for three freshmen Democrats, who issued challenged to the new speaker and the new Democratic message by demanding cuts to funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“My colleagues @aoc @RashidaTlaib @AyannaPressley and I are telling Congress #not1dollar for child detention and for-profit detention by [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] ICE and [Department of Homeland Security] DHS, tweeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Omar on February 1.
In a “Dear Colleague” letter obtained by The Daily Beast, the threesome wrote that any deal reached by the Conference Committee “should not allocate any additional funding to this department or to the ICE and [Customs and Border Protection] CBP agencies.”
Their call for more open borders and less enforcement may be popular among the radical special interest groups, they are taking a position at odds with a growing majority of the American people.
Recent polls actually show Americans’ views of immigration are edging toward more enforcement, not less.
“There is a new middle on immigration, and it is further to the right than many may realize. Most Americans believe the U.S. immigration system is broken, out of control, and antiquated,” begins a report from the Bipartisan Policy Center.
That conclusion was reached after a year of conducting focus groups, interviews and a survey from Luntz Global, which finds a majority of voters opposing amnesty or providing a path to citizenship “for free.”
While Americans are proud of being a so-called “a nation of immigrants,” they also believe that the “government is mismanaging the current system, and that strong immigration enforcement is necessary to establish control over immigration.”
In addition, the survey found:
- Support for securing the border with the construction of a wall combined with technology and personnel;
- Immigrants should be able to communicate in English;
- Focus group respondents strongly believe immigrants are taking benefits that should go to Americans first.
Americans do not want more tired slogans and political posturing, they want solutions. And “Abolish ICE” is not the answer to either a broken immigration system or a party with no ideas.