Poll: Republican voters back immigration reform?

posted at 4:00 pm on July 11, 2014 by Noah Rothman

While immigration reform may not be high on voters’ lists of priorities heading into the 2014 midterms, a new survey of a variety of critical states shows that Americans are predisposed to support efforts to repair the nation’s immigration system.

The Republican firm Harper Polling’s automated survey of between 500 and 855 likely voters in 26 states (Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin) shows voters believe the system is broken and in need of repair.

86 percent of self-described Republicans and 79 percent of independents in those 26 states said that the immigration system is in need of fixing. Moreover, 79 percent of Republican respondents said that it was “important” for Congress to act on immigration reform this year. 53 percent of Republicans went a step further, saying that it was “very important.” 71 percent of Republicans said that they would support a candidate who backs immigration reform while only 15 percent of self-identified GOP voters said that they would not support a pro-reform candidate.

In worse news for opponents of immigration reform, voters do not believe that the argument that President Barack Obama would not enforce border security provisions in an immigration bill is a valid reason for opposing reform. 72 percent of all respondents said did not believe that concerns over enforcement of border security was a good reason for rejecting immigration reform, including a majority of Republicans and 69 percent of independents.

The Harper survey found that nearly two-thirds of all voters and 54 percent of self-identified Republicans support a pathway to legal status for illegal immigrants.

For those that think the crisis on the border has cooled Republican support for reform, this survey suggests otherwise. Among voters in Texas where the border crisis has been most acute, 84 percent of Republicans said that it was critical for Congress to reform the immigration system this year.

Half of Texas Republicans said they supported the “immigration standards” set by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), which would include increased border security and expanding visas for high-skilled workers and farm laborers. 40 percent of Texas Republicans, however, said that all illegal immigrants should be deported.

These results are similar to those in a nonpartisan survey conducted in June by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution. In that survey, 62 percent of all respondents supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants living in the United States. Only 17 percent indicated support for legal status for illegal immigrants short of citizenship.

That poll did, however, identify a divide between Republicans – a majority of whom support immigration reform – and those who identify with the tea party. Only 37 percent of tea party conservative respondents said they support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants.

The results of this Harper survey are shocking insofar as they do not appear to reflect the sentiments of the political commentariat. Analysts on the left and the right have proclaimed that the crisis on the border has eliminated the potential that an immigration reform bill will be passed by Congress this year.

June’s Brookings Institute poll provides a clue, however, as to why immigration reform will not pass the Congress anytime soon. According to that survey, 86 percent of tea party conservatives also said they were “certain” to vote in November.

The Harper survey was conducted for the Partnership for a New American Economy, the Business Roundtable, and the National Association of Manufacturers from June 22 to July 3 and has margins of error ranging from 4.0 to 4.38 percent.


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Liberals on MSNBC are calling on RINO AMNESTY SHILLS like Karl Rove to help them facilitate this AMNESTY for these ILLEGAL ALIENS. Send the Illegals to all LIBERALS houses so they can support them with THEIR PRIVATE MONEY!!!!

Realdemocrat1 on July 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

These are bs polls designed by amnesty pushers. They cheat or skew samples or most importantly talk about an ambiguous “immigration reform.” Use the word “amnesty” in your polls, and then you see, as far a Republicans, that 80%+ are against it.

Remember Eric Cantor? Yeah, and I think that deserves to be double highlighted with an exclamation or two:

Remember Eric Cantor??!!

For days the drumbeat was all about Cantor’s support of amnesty. Fox News and amnesty shills like Brit Hume tried to say Cantor’s loss had little to do with amnesty. No, it was ALL about amnesty.

They pointed to Lindsey Graham and said Graham won despite his pro-amnesty position. Well, first, Graham didn’t have effective opposition, and he was able to distract the voters away from thinking about amnesty by getting the focus on other issues. And critically, Graham was not part of the despised R House leadership that was seen as the real threat. Cantor was viewed as a pivotal cog in the pro-amnesty fight, not so in Graham’s case.

And Cantor’s loss was fueled by the R House leadership’s out of touch call for a children’s dream act and its “principles of immigration.” Of course, if people weren’t already inflamed enough, Boehner did the trick with his utterly inane performance seen here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/04/25/boehner_mocks_conservative_colleagues_on_immigration.html

anotherJoe on July 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

#BringBackErikaBryanPreston

Bitter Clinger on July 11, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Fixed it.

bw222 on July 11, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Nobody with two brain cells to rub together would believe this nonsense. What were the poll questions? “Reform” could mean any damned thing. And I’m sorry, but I’m simply not impressed by automated polls that don’t verify who they’re talking to. How can you call someone a “likely voter” if you don’t know who picked up the phone?

Murf76 on July 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

86 percent of self-described Republicans and 79 percent of independents in those 26 states said that the immigration system is in need of fixing.

I wonder why it isn’t 100%? Obviously it’s in need of fixing. The question is what kind of fix we need, and what kind of fix we are going to get, which are not necessarily the same thing.

In other news, 86% of residents of Boston and New York agreed that it would be unacceptable for the Orioles, Blue Jays, or Rays to win the American League East this year. So I guess that Bostonians and New Yorkers must have the same preferences in baseball teams, right?

J.S.K. on July 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Just wait ’til people find out that ADULT ILLEGALS are enrolling in their kids’ High Schools, like is already happening in Massachusetts.

Adult illegal immigrants posing as unaccompanied alien children appear to be attempting to enroll at public high schools, city officials in Lynn, Mass., tell National Review Online.

“Some of them have had gray hair and they’re telling you that they’re 17 years old and they have no documentation,” Jamie Cerulli, the Lynn mayor’s chief of staff, tells NRO. “If my children went to the public schools, I’d be very uncomfortable with all of these unaccompanied minors [that] are placed in the ninth grade.”

Admission of all foreign students — illegal immigrants, refugees, and foreign nationals — has increased by more than 500 students since the 2010–2011 school year, Catherine Latham, the city’s superintendent of schools, tells NRO. Last school year, nearly 250 students arrived from Guatemala, including 126 enrolled in the ninth grade.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/382483/adult-illegal-immigrants-posing-children-enroll-high-school-ryan-lovelace

Protect your children!

Deport the ILLEGAL Invaders NOW!

wren on July 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Just another reason or three to get your kids the H out of government schools.

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2014 at 7:20 PM

The only “poll” I’m going to trust is one where in I get to choose the ‘wording’ of the poll questions.

listens2glenn on July 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

And another thing, R amnesty shills like Cantor and Fox News talk about how great it would be to give amnesty to those that serve in the military. And this while I’m hearing the military is letting people go en masse because they are cutting the number of soldiers way down. So we are going to turn our armed forces into a visa mill for open borders, where the very complexion of the military will be re-arranged to give illegals priority? It is just insane that so many Republicans like Cantor have been duped by the left on this.

anotherJoe on July 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

The Noah Rothman problem at HA is not “fixable”, except by his departure. I am joining the #noahcott, and will not click on any future Rothman posts. I hope many of the valued commentators, the people who make it worth coming to HA, will also take this step, but that is their individual choice.

I do not say this lightly – I don’t like asking for someone to lose their job, but I really think Noah Rothman is a very poor fit, and should move on. With his more frequent contributions, HA is becoming increasingly unreadable. As for Salem, well, as they say “their server, their rules” – but I hope they will not chose this hill for HA to die upon.

bofh on July 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Rothman is a perfect fit for the RINOS at HotAir and Fox New. O’Reilly should put him on staff……

Realdemocrat1 on July 11, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Anyone supporting these Illegal Aliens should be required to keep 15 of them in their own Liberal households ON THEIR LIBERAL DIME!!!!

Realdemocrat1 on July 11, 2014 at 7:36 PM

There’s a strong possibility that a bunch of illegal’ children are going to be ‘temporarily’ quartered 25 minutes or so from where I now sit. Lubbock is the largest city in the area. If the illegals are in Littlefield, their diseases and criminal behavior will end up HERE! Lubbock is noticeably less safe than when we arrived here in 2011. Throw in illegal criminals-but I repeat myself- and ‘add’ them to the growing muzzie population…and Lubbock’s going to be gone. As a Jewish woman-as a woman period-i’m starting to feel very unsafe here.
If you are here illegally-you are a CRIMINAL. You-and your anchor spawn-are entitled to JACK SH*T
DEPORT the F***ers!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

http://www.renewoureconomy.org/uncategorized/new-poll-voters-across-country-want-immigration-reform-year/

You can view the cross tabs, I find this to be curious.For instance a lot more people think the country is on the
right track in this survey, with more than 50% of democrat responders saying so. I think other polls get in the 30′s for democrats on right track.

Here is the wording of the immigration question:

Q: Would you support or oppose an immigration reform plan that secures our borders, expands visas for high-skill workers and farm workers, provides an employer verification program, allows young persons brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents an opportunity to earn citizenship, and provides visas to live and work here

By combining the answers I Support with I somewhat Support, they can make this survey look like a lot more people support something.

Here is another question

Q: Continuing to think about undocumented immigrants, which ONE of the following statements regarding undocumented immigrants do you MOST agree with?

“Deport all undocumented immigrants”
Republicans
42.56%

So while they agree with the big question they ask first, if they could have their way 42% of Republicans answering the survey want the illegals deported, whether the immigration system is fixed or not. Interestingly, the next largest group feeling this way: Those 18 = 35 yrs old.

That is the Headline tonight:

42% Want illegals deported.

I plucked that fact from the survey and I can use it how ever I want.

Fleuries on July 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I back immigration reform too.

The current immigration system was designed by Ted Kennedy 30 years ago. It was already a bad one then. It’s even worse now, as the reality of the facts show.

What I don’t back is any deal that gives a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants or opens the door for it in the future and that doesn’t implement an expedite system to deal with visas overstays.

This sort of polls that ask about “immigration reform” in abstract are highly misleading. Reform is very different things to different people.

joana on July 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

78% of Americans want our Rule of Law and SANITY restored to our country and we want ALL 30 MILLION Illegal Aliens squatting here deported immediately!!!!

Realdemocrat1 on July 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

We cannot have an honest discussion with anyone until the AMNESTY SHILLS are ready to acknowledge there is NO SUCH THING as an UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT. These are known by the STATUTORY TERM…..Illegal Alien.

Realdemocrat1 on July 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

I have yet to meet a fellow Republican who favored “comprehensive immigration reform.” I know quite a few Republicans.

ncjetsfan on July 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM

And by reform we mean send the invaders back and secure the border.

PaddyORyan on July 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I have yet to meet a fellow Republican who favored “comprehensive immigration reform.” I know quite a few Republicans.

ncjetsfan on July 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM

+60

I think that is a simple but profoundly illuminating point you have made jets fan. And other than the Roves and Humes that O’Reilly’s that I see on Fox, I also don’t know any Republicans that are for immigration reform (amnesty). Other than cheap labor Chamber of Commerce types and a small number of liberalish “enlightened” Republicans (in name only), as far as everyday R voters, none, NONE… zero, zilch are for “immigration reform” as penned by the betrayer Rubio. Ok, near zero. So these “polls” are absolute undiluted bull excre-mint. Mmm… mint.

And btw Cantor was defeated by everyday R voters. Most all of them were against amnesty, but many of them still voted for Cantor despite Cantor’s amnesty stance. They voted for Cantor for other reasons, like because he was the Majority Leader perhaps. Or they believed Cantor’s attacks on Brat, but they didn’t vote for Cantor because they wanted amnesty.

anotherJoe on July 11, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Ask Eric Cantor how that worked out for him.

I call total bullshit on this poll, and *no* one has yet to define what that “Immigration Reform” is that they speak of.

It could very well mean more stringent immigration laws.

This Country is being invaded…and the republican establishment is helping, on the false hope of cheap labor and more illegal votes.

They want to jump off a bridge, fine; but I’m not holding their hand on the way down.

a5minmajor on July 11, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Oh, and Rothman is full of shit.

If the mods/owners of this site insist on backing such middle-of the road, spineless, “most electable”, liberal horseshit…I got plenty of other things to do besides read the ads of their sponsors.

In fact, the Udall ad on the Viewster player that this site took the money for…tells me I’ve probably been in the wrong place for a while.

a5minmajor on July 11, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Polls lie.

And liars poll.

LegendHasIt on July 11, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Any proposal by any DC politician that advocates a comprehensive approach, means that I need to lube up and grab my ankles. Therefore I will never agree to any bill that claims to be comprehensive. If the solution to an issue isn’t able to stand on its own with out a quid pro quo, then it should fail.

Border Security – Secure the border (Period). Put the military on the border if necessary. The military may not be able to arrest an illegal, but they can stop them and turn them around. If someone on the Mexican side of the border shoots at our Military, then they return fire with intent to eliminate the threat and defend this country.

Amnesty – I’m not apposed to amnesty, provided the offending 11 million who are here illegally register themselves annually and let us know who and where they are. Following a very short registration period, unregistered illegals will be jailed until they can be exported. If they have children, they can choose to leave their children here for the state to care for or take them home. Any city, county or state that declines to report and hold apprehended illegal immigrants will loose all Federal funding.

Immigrant worker programs – I remember the Bracero program that allowed foreign citizens to come to the US to work. My dad had Mexicans and Filipinos Braceros that worked on his fields. The reason the Bracero program ended was the farm worker unions. The Braceros didn’t want to join the unions, so the unions got Congress to put an end to it. Something similar to this program needs to be reestablished.

Citizenship – If you have come into USA illegally, citizenship will never happen unless you go home and start over from the back of the line.

WestTexasBirdDog on July 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Did they only talk to people who own business that wanted cheap help. I know a few Republicans and have not met any that want Amnesty. And nothing else will ever get passed. Even if they pass a bill that is not amnesty only, Obama will only support and follow the part that grants amnesty.

pwb on July 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

The Harper survey was conducted for the Partnership for a New American Economy, the Business Roundtable, and the National Association of Manufacturers

Oh, you mean the people who want a bunch of cheap labor?

Cindy Munford on July 11, 2014 at 10:51 PM

So this poll is saying that most Republican voters want illiterate idiots with head lice and scabies enrolled in the same classroom with their kids?

Plus giving them free food, healthcare and education forever?

TexasJew on July 12, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Plus TB
Really need to have our own kids infected with TB by these dummies

TexasJew on July 12, 2014 at 12:33 AM

“Oh, you mean the people who want a bunch of cheap labor?

Cindy Munford on July 11, 2014 at 10:51 PM”

I think that they actually want slaves, but they want to cloak their demands in the smoke-screen of “inclusiveness” and “diversity.”
That they are fighting so hard against training and employing American workers, and going full-bore for cheaper (often illegal-
immigrant workers) is really starting to tick me off.

shorebird on July 12, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Recently on Twitter Noah Rothman labeled as “valuable” commentary an article which suggested racism was common in the HotAir comment section. And it quoted examples of anti-amnesty comments here as supposed proof of how horrible conservative HotAir readers supposedly are:

https://twitter.com/noahcrothman/status/487057831821320192

And previously Noah Rothman joked with his liberal friends on Twitter about how HotAir commenters probably aren’t tech savvy enough for Twitter.

This is who we got in exchange for Erika?

Michelle Malkin sure is missed at this site.

bluegill on July 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Thank you for sharing this.

Now that I know Rothman has supported someone who slandered me I will take appropriate action.

I appreciate knowing that Rothman supports calling conservatives racist and people who believe in the rule of law and following reason to be bigots.

I’d demand a public apology from him, but I know he’ll just go to twitter and slander me some more. Very informative.

njrob on July 12, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Can we just cut to the chase here. All of you are concerned that European-Americans are being overrun. Ok, we all get that. My suggestion is, that instead of worrying so much about brown people, try to get EAs to have more children. Copy the Mormons and the Amish, they seem to be doing something right.

cimbri on July 12, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Can we just cut to the chase here. All of you are concerned that European-Americans are being overrun. Ok, we all get that. My suggestion is, that instead of worrying so much about brown people, try to get EAs to have more children.
cimbri on July 12, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Wrong. It is a question of borders and our right to enforce them. It is a question of immigration standards and limits and actually enforcing those standards in a way that has THIS country’s interests at heart.

Cimbri, your “racism” smear against people who believe in our right to actually have meaningful borders is straight out of the Left’s playbook. Pro-amnesty Noah Rothman (who on Twitter called an article saying racism was common among HotAir commenters “valuable” commentary) may approve of such vile attacks on commenters here, but I do not.

Cimbri, in the past you shamefully suggested that the US should have “let Germany have” Europe, rather than fight WW2, so I am not surprised to see this similarly shameful comment of yours here in this thread.

bluegill on July 12, 2014 at 3:48 AM

What I don’t get is why doesnt anyone bother to Google “Harper Polling Survey” and notice that it is Karl Rove’s polling firm, and why doesn’t anyone research what questions were asked?

Brock Robamney on July 12, 2014 at 5:18 AM

What I don’t get is why doesnt anyone bother to Google “Harper Polling Survey” and notice that it is Karl Rove’s polling firm, and why doesn’t anyone research what questions were asked?
Brock Robamney on July 12, 2014 at 5:18 AM

Good question. Your comments earlier are the reason why I learned that. And it is a very important fact to know here.

Noah should have included that information, no question.

bluegill on July 12, 2014 at 5:33 AM

cimbri on July 12, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Further, yours and others’ accusations of racism against those who support border enforcement are particularly odious when one considers the fact that La Raza (“The Race”), a racial supremacist group and a major force behind a lot of illegal alien activism across the country, was founded by a guy (Google Jose Angel Gutierrez, people) who talked on record about promoting the killing of white people (he used a different term for them, though, which starts with “g”) and reclaiming large portions of the Unites States for a particular “race.”

This racist group is an abhorrent operation, and it is totally anti-American, anti-capitalist and pushes ideas like reclaiming what they call Aztlan. These ideas are promoted in public schools in Calif, Ariz and probably elsewhere, in related student groups which fall under the organization called MEchA.

I mention this because racism is unacceptable, and since you mentioned the issue, I think the double standard should be pointed out. Why is there an unwillingness among so many to call attention to the prevalent racism throughout the illegal alien activist movement? It is extremely disappointing to me.

bluegill on July 12, 2014 at 5:50 AM

bluegill on July 12, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Hmm…. Remember March 31st. Cesar Chavez day. Best known Latino American who was against what? Illegal Immigration and Amnesty

Brock Robamney on July 12, 2014 at 6:39 AM

I’m a Conservative (I no longer identify myself as a big R Republican), and I support Immigration Reform. But it has to have border security, and no amnesty. Again, it depends on how the questions were posed.

We can’t have unlimited immigration. This may be the wet dream for corporatists, but it depresses wages and takes jobs from Americans. Caesar Chavez knew this, Ralph Abernathy knew this and they were against it. We’ve become so PC about this issue, that we are dooming ourselves. Nobody is thinking about what is good for the American people. We are not replaceable with illegal immigrants.

Bet on July 12, 2014 at 7:07 AM

The Harper survey was conducted for the Partnership for a New American Economy, the Business Roundtable, and the National Association of Manufacturers

The US Chamber of Corrupt Crony Capitalists who are greedy pigs that want to hire imported workers who will work for less money than Americans would helping to reduce the U.S. living standard.

Noah, why don’t you just admit that you are “Bought and Paid For” and on Tom Donohue’s payroll.

Shame!You have no moral compass. I’m sure Boss Hawg pays better.

Jayrae on July 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Jeez. This again.

Everyone thinks there need to be changes to immigration policy and enforcement. The sticking point for conservatives is that we know that if a “path to citizenship” is laid out in law which enumerates applicants’ duties/responsibilities and details the resultant level of citizenship status, the full citizenship status part will be fast-tracked and the duties/responsibilities part will be completely ignored.

A new law will only serve to legalize the amnesty actions the administration already plans to take. The real reason for the Left making this a legislative issue is to make this a bi-partisan effort. That’s really all they want. Bi-partisan cover for amnesty. The Republican Party wants amnesty as well, but is afraid their constituent voters may hold it against them. I’ve been told that Burning It Down and making the dems own it is bad strategy, so I guess the Republicans are dragging their feet for nothing. Their supporters will vote for them no matter what they do.

ROCnPhilly on July 12, 2014 at 8:49 AM

The Harper survey was conducted for the Partnership for a New American Economy, the Business Roundtable, and the National Association of Manufacturers

There’s no bias in the above orgs for open border is there! Not to mention the 99% liberal brookings institution. I think the janitor at the brookings institution is conservative.

aniptofar on July 12, 2014 at 9:15 AM

shorebird on July 12, 2014 at 12:46 AM

While our military is told they are no longer wanted or needed. You can’t make this stuff up.

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The Republican firm…

I stopped reading right there.

Mr. Arrogant on July 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Something is fishy about this study. I’m a very active Republican and I don’t know any Rs who want immigration reform as implied in this “report” until the border is secure, period.

Fix the border; enforce the laws. Then…..

And, perhaps the reason Rs say they want reform is this: make coming to America special; we are a nation of immigrants but most previous ones came here legally under the law at the time.

It’s nice people want to come here but our system now keeps them as an underclass b/c they get trapped in the govt programs. They don’t understand that and while better than at home, eventually govt control saps their life.

MN J on July 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM

According to these polls, Republicans support converting 40M (per CBO) citizens of foreign nations into reliable Democrat voters handing complete control of the government to the Left in a few election cycles.

And Republicans support flooding the nation with millions of cheap foreign workers to depress wages to save big crony business billions every payday.

Republicans, including 37% of the Tea Party, support higher federal and state taxes and fees to pay for education, health care and welfare for 40M “pathway citizens”.

In short, Republicans want to make Democrats rulers for life, finalize gutting the middle-class, raise taxes and increase the size, power and cost of government.

Republican voters want *exactly* what the political ruling class wants!

Seriously Noah? You don’t have a single doubt or question regarding the veracity of this “shocking” poll?

DrDeano on July 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

And this, from RCP:

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a potential Democratic presidential candidate, went to the left of Hillary Clinton on the border crisis today.

“We are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death,” O’Malley said to reporters at a National Governors Association (NGA) meeting.

Last month, Clinton said children illegally immigrating to the U.S. “should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their family are.”

So Noah, according to the “shocking poll” you present unquestioned, Republicans, like O’Malley, are be to the left of Hillary! on immigration reform…

DrDeano on July 12, 2014 at 11:29 AM

It depends on what the meaning of “Reform” means!
Does the reform in the mind of the person answering the question mean,
Follow the law, protect, secure, and defend the boarders of the United States and returning the illegals entering our country back to where they came from? Then I am infavor of “REFORM” too!

The question is so vague as to be a non question.

Delsa on July 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I have to agree with the poll that a majority of Republicans support “Immigration Reform”. BUT, there are a few points to be made about this statement. First, take into consideration what the “Republican” party has turned into, re: demo light. Consider Mississippi!
Second, I agree we need to pass immigration reform. Re: strengthen employer penalties, more workplace enforcement, solid, strong E-verify, fewer H1B visas, etc. IE: STRONGER enforcement!
And, another thought on the issue that they are mostly coming here to evade gangs and violence: suppose they had a Second Amendment like we do so people could arm themselves? That would surely enable the common people to protect themselves like we do here. Nice thought, huh?

boogieboy on July 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Something is fishy about this study. I’m a very active Republican and I don’t know any Rs who want immigration reform as implied in this “report” until the border is secure, period.

MN J on July 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM

That seems to be what everyone is saying. Other than a bunch of Murdoch hired talking heads on Fox News and Chamber of Commerce shills, as far as everyday Republicans, we don’t see hardly any of us calling for immigration reform. It’s about zero of us. Any poll that suggests otherwise is total bs.

anotherJoe on July 12, 2014 at 11:58 AM

I believe in immigration reform.

1. E-verify up and running 100%. not anything less.
2. Any company hiring illegal’s 100M-250M fine per employee
3. Do like they do in europe. Have them come in for crop season
and leave when the season is over. (Guest Worker Pass).
4. Secure the border better.

If Area 51 can pick you up stepping on their property. I’m
sure the technology exist’s that can pick them up in the un-
fenced area.

Tony Montana on July 12, 2014 at 12:16 PM

“Comprehensive” immigration reform is absolute BS, same as “common sense” gun control. Where did they take this poll, the WH staff break room?

claudius on July 12, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I agree with you on FNC and Hot Air moving to the left, but Breitbart?

bw222 on July 11, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Breitbart is drifting a bit, in my view. Not so much in their main pieces, but in the manner in which they moderate the comments part. They seem to censor conservatives and allow the trolls unfettered access to spew their filth without challenge.

Won’t be long before they will give more space to the Noah Rothmans of the blogosphere…

bimmcorp on July 12, 2014 at 12:25 PM

PNAE = Michael Bloomberg. Odd how Rothman forgot to mention that.

The amnesty question doesn’t specify that millions of “undocumented immigrants” would be eligible; some or many respondents might have thought it only referred to some small number. They also front-load the tough provisions, and by the time the legalization part rolls around some people might miss it.

The question about what to do about “undocumented immigrants” offers a false choice: it doesn’t mention attrition.

The poll conflates all forms of actions people might want govt to take. Some peoples’ version of “take action” could be mass legalization, others’ could be send the NG to the border.

Look up @NoahCRothman supporters and point out he’s no more credible than @JRubinBlogger (who isn’t credible at all).

24AheadDotCom on July 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Everyone is for immigration reform. Stop the illegals by shutting down the border and ask those that want to come here to fill out their forms. Simple, easy, uncomplicated. But that wont hurt America so it is not the Obama hate America way of doing things.

pwb on July 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM

We get an article like this here when the news waves are full of horror stories about what is going on at and near the border. Disgusting and shameful.

rlwo2008 on July 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I guess to rinonoah reform = amnesty.

Maybe we should boycott his posts.

Diluculo on July 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Depends on the definition of immigration reform.

lonestar1 on July 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

I’m all in for “Immigration Reform”.
First, seal the frackin border.
Inspect every vehicle trying to enter the US for illegals and eject them on the Mexican side.
Cut off all money to Mexico until they seal their border.
Cut off all money to the countries sending people to the US.
Ten thousand troops should do while the double fence is being built….they get two years to build it….National Priority.
Second, stop all “legal immigration” until the US U6 unemployment rate is less than 6%.
Impose E-verify…..no jobs for illegals. They must leave the country to get a work permit.
No taxpayer funded benefits for illegals.
How’m I doing?
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Sgt Stryker on July 12, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Immigration Reform
Step 1: Start enforcing existing law
Step 2: Close & Secure the Border using Guard/Reserve personnel
Step 3: Give medical care to the illegals children then put them on planes back to their countries
Step 4: Tell Mexico we will end NAFTA & all S. American nations we will cut off all foreign aid unless they stop sending / allowing all these people to cross Mexico’s border and into the US
Step 5: Fund & build fences/security promised after/during/since last Amnesty agreement made

Democrats say all they are concerned about is giving these kids/illegals a better life & that their push for Amnesty is not political — make them prove it: Pass legislation granting limited citizenship. Grant amnesty for every illegal in this nation with the stipulation that since they showed complete disregard for our laws ad came here illegally, give them every right/benefit/status Americans and legalized citizens have EXCEPT prohibit the from EVER being allowed to vote! The Democrats, however, would never go along with this because they could care less about the welfare of these kids/illegals — they just want their votes after they receive Amnesty and become citizens.

easyt65 on July 12, 2014 at 7:23 PM

easyt65….
Won’t work.
We can’t screen out the dead from voting; yet alone an illegal.
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Sgt Stryker on July 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Judging from his surprise at the results of this poll, Noah Rothman obviously has a poor understanding of the issue. Republicans and Conservatives are not opposed to immigration reform just because it is… immigration reform.

What we are apposed to is any path to citizenship by those 12 – 20 million who are here illegally. Amnesty for these illegals, maybe. But, that amnesty must have strict, verifiable, and frequently renewed conditions.

I assure you that there is more, but I’d like to suggest that the above is a starting point… After the damned border is secure.

A secure border means we control the border and our land. We apprehend any Mexican military vehicle or aircraft that violates our sovereign space. We citizens and our law enforcement return fire when fired upon. I don’t care where that fire originates, we shoot back.

WestTexasBirdDog on July 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

“Unexpected” – No it is not you dipwadd. Don’t fool yourself. Only about 1/10 of the republican primary voters will actually identify as republicans. Most conservatives are calling themselves independents or libertarians these days. They are tired of wearing paper sacks over their heads.

They will come home and crush any RINO who dares come for amnesty.

conservativeBC on July 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM

“The Republican firm Harper Polling’s automated survey of between 500 and 855 likely voters in 26 states (Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin) shows voters believe the system is broken and in need of repair”.

This is a concerted effort by the muslim-in-chief, it’s part of the “Fundamental Change” he promised…to change America to a 3rd world country.
The system is fine, the president is broken.

AppraisHer on July 12, 2014 at 10:42 PM

bofh on July 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

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Indeed, Mr. Rothman is a poor fit here.

diogenes on July 12, 2014 at 10:57 PM

The condescending tone of the piece is disheartening. Is Salem trying to lose readers?

Hotgas was just fine with Ed, Allah, and the occasional green-roomer before Salem rolled in, and to boot, probably cost less money to run. Most of the columnists since then have been duds (with the possible exception of Erika). Not sure what Salem’s business plan is, but color me unimpressed.

ChicagoJewishGuy on July 13, 2014 at 12:42 AM

RINO Blog Hot Air Pushes (((Michael Bloomberg Endorsed))) Poll To Claim Republicans Want Amnesty

conservativeBC on July 13, 2014 at 1:54 AM

These types of polls are intended to modify behavior—influence people into perceiving trends that don’t actually exist. If illegal immigration ‘reform’ was as popular as the pro-amnesty crowd would like us to believe, Americans would be welcoming these newcomers with open arms rather than protesting their arrival (as is what’s happening now).

In short, the poll being cited by Mr. Rothman is fraudulent propaganda, designed to deceive people into believing there is support that doesn’t actually exist.

zoyclem on July 13, 2014 at 6:08 AM

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The majority of the country realizes the immigration system is broken (although not as bad as Democrats would like you to think). One solution would be to set up a verification system that can’t be circumvented and fine employers who hire illegals a sum so significant that won’t be willing to risk it. If that went into effect, few would come across the border because they couldn’t get a job, and those here would leave because they would lose their jobs.

Along with that, it’s necessary to make work visas available for employers who want to hire and people who want to work. The idea isn’t to cruel to poor people, it’s to try and eliminate illegal immigration. To put it another way, we would like to eliminate the shadows and have everyone here in the open.

Those are solutions and they’re fair solutions. My question is why don’t Democrats want those solutions and want to just have amnesty? The easy answer would be for voters, but that’s not all of it. The problem for Democrats is their policies tend to create conditions, in the United States, that people are leaving their countries to get away from. The policies don’t work any better here than they do in Mexico, it’s just that we have a little better credit rating to borrow more money, for a little while longer.

The Republicans need to expose that and push for the correct solutions to actually solve the problem. The roadblock to that is establishment Republicans who’ve allowed the Democrats to kowtow them into a corner and say they agree with the Democrats and their failed policies.

bflat879 on July 13, 2014 at 7:50 AM

What bothers me most about the immigration “issue” is that it was nowhere to be found (outside of supremacy groups) during the tech and housing boom.
In 2006, as the economy began it’s slide, the Demtards used it to bludgeon the idiots that we call Republicans.
So, were the Demtards fighting to give citizenship away before 2006?
Hell no!
An why didn’t the Republicans speak up before 2006 as places like Atlanta’s immigrant population amassed to fill bottom level jobs (the ones kids used to fill) and the hispanic population grew some 234%?

kregg on July 13, 2014 at 8:23 AM

“In worse news for opponents of immigration reform, voters……”

Who are you talking about, and what do you mean by immigration reform? Your post is a steaming pile of dung. Absent from it is virtually any kind of meaningful insight into the attitudes of Americans on how to respond to illegal aliens.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

These are bs polls designed by amnesty pushers.

There is no way for the statistics used in this piece of crap journalism is right. I would believe this as much as B.O. when he says anything of import. It wouldn’t surprise me to discover some of the same points in this article were penned by the administration.

geezerintraining on July 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Can we just cut to the chase here. All of you are concerned that European-Americans are being overrun. Ok, we all get that. My suggestion is, that instead of worrying so much about brown people, try to get EAs to have more children. Copy the Mormons and the Amish, they seem to be doing something right.

cimbri on July 12, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Well, genius, you’ve managed to demean yourself with that post, projecting your own petty little racial hatreds while clumsily attempting to paint your own bigotry in others.

zoyclem on July 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Eric Cantor took the only honest and meaningful poll on immigration.

All the rest is just more of the same old liberal lies.

If you want me to believe that US Citizens of either party actually want this influx, show me the hordes of US Citizens who are lining up to give their jobs to the invaders (NO, they are NOT ‘migrants’ or ‘immigrants’). And, to be convincing and “fair,” these hordes demanding that their jobs be given away must include a ‘diverse’ group: plenty of blacks, Latinos, etc.

landlines on July 13, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Push

Bmore on July 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM

I suspect that almost everybody is in favor of some sort of immigration reform. The problem is the pollsters and the libruls just don’t get it. The reform people are in favor of is not the dream act or any other farce to bring more criminal illegals over and make them legal. The reform people want is to get our POS President to enforce the law and to get our borders sealed like the Constitution requires. Of course, our POS president does enforce the law, but only as he interprets it and only against republicans and tea partiers.

Old Country Boy on July 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM

In worse news for opponents of immigration reform, voters do not believe that the argument that President Barack Obama would not enforce border security provisions in an immigration bill is a valid reason for opposing reform.

If border is not secured then you got the same old problem. Reform is what ever a person thinks it is. Spell it out what it means.

Herb on July 14, 2014 at 8:35 PM

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