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Immigration

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May 6, 2020

Reducing Federal Aid to Sanctuary Communities Is A Party Line Vote

President Trump wants to penalize sanctuary communities in future federal bailout packages. Most Republicans think it’s a good idea; most Democrats don’t.

February 13, 2020

Voters Narrowly Favor Law Allowing Crime Victims to Sue Sanctuary Cities

Voters still aren’t thrilled with the idea of living in a community that protects illegal immigrants from federal authorities. But they support only narrowly a law that would allow victims of crimes by those illegal immigrants to sue sanctuary communities.

January 30, 2020

Most Still Want Tight Border Control, Not Open Borders

Voters still favor tough border control and say it’s too easy to get in and stay in the United States illegally. But they also think illegal immigration is getting a little harder these days.

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September 10, 2019

Most Still Oppose Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

Massachusetts legislators are close to voting on whether to join the 13 states that now let illegal immigrants get legal driver’s licenses. While support continues to grow among voters nationally, most still oppose allowing such a policy where they live.

August 9, 2019

Voters Still Worry About Illegal Immigration But Are Divided By The Wall

Voters are even more worried about illegal immigration and question the federal government’s commitment to stopping it. But they also remain closely divided over the need for – and effectiveness of - a southern border wall.

July 15, 2019

GOP Wants More Deportations of Illegal Immigrants; Democrats Don’t

Federal immigration authorities began a major deportation operation this past weekend, and for Republicans it’s long overdue. But Democrats disagree and don’t like the way the Trump administration is cracking down on illegal immigration.

June 18, 2019

Voters Give a Thumbs Down to California's New Health Care Initiative For Illegal Immigrants

California is set to become the first state to give full health care benefits to young, low-income immigrants living in the United States illegally, but a majority of U.S. voters don't support a similar initiative in their own state.

May 20, 2019

Voters Still See Skills-Based Legal Entry As Immigration Fix

Voters continue to believe the U.S. immigration system is broken and still tend to favor shifting to the skills-based system that President Trump is proposing.

May 8, 2019

Voters Want Government to Get Tough on Those Who Overstay Visas

While the Trump administration works to shift U.S. visa policy to a merit-based system rather than a family-based one, most voters continue to favor a crackdown on those who overstay their welcome.

May 7, 2019

Most Still Oppose Benefits, Legal Rights for Illegal Immigrants

Voters continue to strongly oppose government benefits and constitutional legal rights for those here illegally and think the availability of those things is a magnet for further illegal immigration.

May 2, 2019

Voters See Need for Trump’s Asylum Crackdown

President Trump has announced that he is tightening up the process for foreigners seeking asylum in the United States to shift resources to the borders. Voters agree the asylum process needs work and that the borders need help.

April 23, 2019

Just 31% Oppose Plan to Send Illegals to Sanctuary Communities

Voters still aren’t eager to live in so-called sanctuary communities, and they tend to support President Trump’s proposal to send illegal immigrants to those communities.

April 5, 2019

For Voters, Illegal Immigration Remains Big Problem, But Not for Democrats

Voters continue to view illegal immigration as a serious problem but don’t think Democrats want to stop it. Cutting foreign aid is one tool voters are willing to consider.

March 12, 2019

Wall Emergency Is A Closer Call for Voters, But Opponents Are Favored

Voters still tend to oppose President Trump’s declared national emergency to build a border wall and are more likely to reward than punish members of Congress who vote to stop it.

February 13, 2019

Trump Supporters Welcome Shutdown, National Emergency for Wall

Voters don’t think Democrats will ever okay funding for President Trump’s border wall but don’t want another government shutdown to result. The president’s strongest supporters disagree, however, and favor the declaration of a presidential national emergency if necessary to get the job done.

February 12, 2019

Voters Rate Border Security As Important As North Korea to National Security

Most voters rate border control as a national security concern on the level with North Korea and want to secure the border before dealing with the illegal immigrants who are already here.

February 1, 2019

Voters Expect Trump To Build Wall Without Congress' Help

President Trump told The New York Times this week that he has given up on negotiating with Congress over funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, but voters tend to think he will build the wall anyway.

January 30, 2019

Most Voters Say No Wall, Another Shutdown Likely

Voters don’t expect Congress to fund President Trump’s border wall and think another federal government shutdown is likely on the way.

January 28, 2019

Voters Say It’s Easier for Illegal Immigrants to Get In, Stay In the U.S.

Voters still think it’s easier to enter and stay in the United States illegally than it is in most other countries.

January 15, 2019

Voters See Negative Impact From Illegal Immigrants

Voters continue to measure illegal immigration by how much crime and financial strain it brings into the United States.