Last week, the Center for Immigration Studies reported that up to 15% of the new federally funded construction Jobs called for in the massive stimulus signed by President Obama, will be filled by people who are in the country illegally. That translates into 300,000 lawbreakers will be getting jobs from American citizens.
Policy as the above, goes against the will if the American People. In polls released over the past two days, Rasmussen is reporting that over two-thirds of US voters feel that companies that employ Illegal Aliens should be punished. Even a larger voting bloc (73%) feel that police officers should check immigration status when the stop people for traffic tickets.
The fact is we are sick and tired of our porous boarders and we want the government to do something about it. Unfortunately it does not look like this government will listen to the will of the people. Read more below:
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Sixty-eight percent (68%) of U.S. voters favor strict government sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. That’s up slightly from a couple of years ago.
Only 22% say the employers should not be penalized, and 10% are not sure.
Voters are more divided on whether to punish landlords who rent or sell property to illegal immigrants–48% support sanctions on landlords while 36% are opposed.
Polling released yesterday showed strong support for having police officers check the immigration status of those pulled over for a traffic violation. But most voters are at least somewhat concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants also will end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens.
On the employment front, Congress last week did not reauthorize the federal E-Verify program which allows employers to check on the immigration status of prospective employees. Use of E-Verify has been voluntary because efforts by the Bush Administration to make it mandatory have been opposed in court by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Builders and Contractors and others.
The Obama administration wants to review the program before deciding whether to endorse it.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans support strict sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants, as do 58% of Democrats and 72% of those not affiliated with either major party.
Seventy-six percent (76%) of white voters think strict sanctions should be imposed on employers who hire illegals, but African-Americans are evenly divided.
When it comes to landlord sanctions, 62% of GOP voters favor them, while nearly half of Democrats (48%) are opposed.
Among unaffiliated voters, 49% favor landlord sanctions, while 29% are opposed.
The flow of illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border has slowed with the bad economy, and more voters are concerned about the spread of drug-related violence from Mexico than about illegal immigration.
1* In thinking about the immigration issue would you favor or oppose strict government sanctions on landlords who rent or sell property to illegal immigrants?
16% Not sure
2*Okay, would you favor strict government sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants?
10% Not sure
1* If a police officer pulls someone over for a traffic violation, should the officer automatically check to see if that person is in the country legally?
7% Not sure
2* If law enforcement officers know of places where immigrants gather to find work, should they sometimes conduct surprise raids to identify and deport illegal immigrants?
9% Not sure
3* How concerned are you that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants will also end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens?
32% Very concerned
29% Somewhat concerned
28% Not very concerned
9% Not at all concerned
2% Not sure