Once public opinion polls show how out of touch with voters are the progressives in congress. While Senator Reid is still playing around with the Dream Act, Rasmussen was asking voters what they thought about illegal immigration. By a large majority, voters want congress to get control of our borders before they worry about legalizing the status of illegal aliens.
65% of all likely U.S. Voters say gaining control of the border is more important in terms of immigration legislation that legalizing the status of illegals, twenty-seven percent disagree and say legalizing the status of illegal workers is more important. That feeling goes across party lines, Republicans (79%-13%), Democrats (50% -43%) and independents ( 67%-22%) all want the borders secured as a first step. This opinion runs through all age, gender, income and racial groups. 70% of Mainstream voters emphasize border control, while those in the Political Class are narrowly divided over which is more important.
As John McCain and George Bush found out through experience, voters have felt that securing the borders was the top priority for at least the past four years.
A poll conducted in September reported that sixty-two percent of all voters believe the policies and practices of the federal government encourage people to enter the United States illegally.
There too that opinion ran across party lines (Republicans 80%-8%, Democrats 43%-37% and independents 65%-21%). Unfortunately even with a new Republican majority in the House, only 17% of voters are optimistic about what Congress will accomplish in the next couple years when it comes to immigration.
There is a message to both parties here. If you truly want to give America a Dream Act, act on their dreams, secure the borders before you do anything else. Right now voters believe you are just screwing around and dont have much confidence your ability to give them what they want.