A new Rasmussen Report released Tuesday morning reveals that “Republican support for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border right away remains strong, but other voters are growing even less enthusiastic.”
President-elect Donald Trump made building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border one of his most controversial campaign memes. But according to Rasmussen, “voters are closely divided over whether President-elect Trump and the GOP Congress can stop illegal immigration into this country.”
The issue has taken on considerable substance over the past couple of weeks as liberal mayors in dozens of cities have declared that their communities will remain “sanctuary cities,” in defiance of federal immigration law. For example, last month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared in the wake of Trump’s surprise victory that the Windy City will remain a sanctuary city.
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Emanuel and other liberal mayors repeatedly demonstrate a tendency to ignore some laws while demanding strict enforcement of other laws, such as gun control statutes.
That brings the issue around to San Francisco, where more than a year ago, Kathryn Steinle was gunned down on a pier while walking with her parents. The suspect is a recidivist illegal alien who used a firearm that had been stolen from a federal law enforcement officer’s car. Last Friday, it was revealed that a federal judge is “contemplating whether or not to dismiss a lawsuit filed by her parents.” Defendants in that case are the San Francisco County Sheriff, Immigration and Custom Enforcement and the Bureau of Land Management.
According to Rasmussen, 65 percent of Republicans want Trump to build the wall during his first year in office. Only 16 percent of Democrats like that idea and 33 percent of independents concur. Overall, 37 percent of likely voters think the wall is a good idea to stop illegal immigration, while 53 percent do not, Rasmussen reported.
On a broader immigration issue, 45 percent of all voters think Trump and Congress will secure the border and prevent illegal immigration, Rasmussen said, while 50 percent are not so sure it will happen.