When President Donald Trump suggested transporting illegal immigrants to so-called “sanctuary cities,” an uproar followed, but so did a Rasmussen Reports survey that has just revealed that 49 percent of all likely voters support the idea.
A far less scientific poll by the Daily Republic has the idea getting far more approval, with so far 60 percent of the respondents supporting the suggestion.
When Trump first offered the proposal, Fox News reported that Democrats called it a dangerous stunt. But according to Rasmussen, supports don’t think it’s a stunt at all. The same survey revealed that 51 percent of respondents “don’t want to live in a sanctuary community that refuses to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.”
Thirty-one percent of the Rasmussen participants did not like the idea, but 20 percent said they are undecided. And 41 percent of those respondents said they think “sanctuary cities” are less safe than cities that don’t offer some protection to illegal aliens. Thirteen percent think such communities are actually safer.
The immigration controversy has been raging ever since before Trump took office, and he was hit almost immediately after the inauguration with lawsuits that seemed as much designed to create political distractions as they were to protect undocumented immigrants. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said at the time that the proposal was under review.
By no small coincidence, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the Trump administration’s effort to have a citizenship question included on the 2020 Census. According to Fox News, conservative justices signaled “possible support” for the administration’s position while remaining largely silent, and if the majority rules in favor of Trump, it will make liberals furious.
Lower federal courts have blocked efforts to add a citizenship question, Fox News noted. The issue could become an important legal battle about executive power, the news agency added.
Illegal immigration has been a hot button issue for some time, and conservative tempers flare anew every time there is a high profile crime committed by someone in this country illegally. Such was the case when a sheriff’s deputy in Washington State’s Kittitas County was killed in a gunfight last month by a man who turned out to have overstayed his work visa by several years.
Opponents of the census question about citizenship contend that it will “discourage many immigrants from being counted.” On the other hand, supporters could argue that if they are afraid of being counted, maybe those immigrants should not be here in the first place.
While other nations have much stronger border enforcement than the United States, Capitol Hill Democrats and their colleagues in state legislatures and municipal government have been promoting the “sanctuary” philosophy. Meanwhile, the president continues to push the idea of securing the border with a wall.
Immigration, along with gun control, is almost certain to be a key campaign issue in 2020.
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