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Border Crisis Fuels Opposition to Immigration Reform

Border Crisis Fuels Opposition to Immigration Reformi
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August 15, 2014 3:54 PM
Concern over illegal immigration in the United States has spiked in public opinion polls since the surge of migrant children from Central America trying to the cross the border began earlier this year. VOA’s Brian Padden reports that while a majority of Americans still support some form of legalization program for undocumented immigrants already in the country, opposition to outright amnesty is growing -- along with support for stronger border security.
Brian Padden

A majority of Americans still support some form of legalization for undocumented immigrants who are already in the country, but opposition to outright amnesty is growing, along with support for stronger border security, according to the latest public opinion polls.

In the last year, amnesty rumors have prompted tens of thousands of Central American children to try to enter the U.S. illegally in an effort to escape poverty and gang violence at home. This surge of migrant minors has at times overwhelmed detention facilities and the judicial system that must review each case.  

Opponents of current immigration reform efforts say this humanitarian crisis is also sparking public anger.  

“I think it is the straw that broke the camel’s back," said Bob Dane, who is with the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "This current surge of unaccompanied minors is proof positive that what we’ve been told, that the border is secure, isn’t true. In fact, its proof positive that the problem is getting worse and the public is upset.”

Public opinion polls do show a shift in American attitudes toward immigration policy, according to Mark Hugo Lopez, with the Pew Research Center.

“Certainly it seems there has been some movement and opinion, particularly among Republicans, away from supporting legalization," he said. "But at the same time [there is] a growing share of Americans -- Republicans, Democrats and Independents -- who say that it is important that some sort of significant new legislation pass.”

While a majority of Americans may support immigration reform, the conservative Tea Party wing of the Republican Party has been able to block any legislation on this issue.  

“There is a very strong nativist sentiment afoot, reflected certainly in the Tea Party but many other conservatives as well, and they’re the ones important in House constituencies, and that’s really why we haven’t been able to take any action,” said Thomas Mann, a congressional scholar at The Brookings Institution.

Immigration opponents accuse President Obama of poorly managing the border and of creating an expectation of amnesty when he issued an executive order to end deportation of young immigrants already living in the U.S.  Dane says these will be key issues in this year’s congressional elections.

“I would not want to be a candidate this year without a clear and concise answer, that I would expect from the public, on why we have an immigration crisis and what you intend to do about it,” he said.

While most Americans still support immigration reform, they now also say stopping the flow of undocumented immigrants should be the government’s top priority. 

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by: Claudia L from: USA
August 18, 2014 12:16 PM
No one in the US wants to legalize 14,000,000 people to be added to this BUDGET: WIC, ($7,000,000,000) SNAP ($80,000,000,000 a year), TANF ($31,000,000,000), Supplemental housing($24,000,000,000) and MEDICAID ($265,000,000,000), CHIP ($9,000,000,000)School Lunch Program ($11,600,000,000) total $795 BILLION this doesn't count 8 Cash Assistance programs 8 vocational training programs 3 utility assistance programs total 2 child care and development programs. ALL together are tax payer burdens.

And yet that's what the reform bill does! The US citizens are getting sticker shock as they near the checkout counter.


by: Magda from: Plasencia
August 18, 2014 7:53 AM
Republicans should be thinking intelligently respect to the approval of the immigration law, because otherwise will be the perfect reason for the Democrats to win elections 20l6 face to growing immigrant citizenship. Because with a bad government or Hillary Clinton and her husband supported the Democrats allow them to continue in the government in 2016.


by: Tom from: new york
August 16, 2014 4:08 PM
Every country need immigrants to do the jobs the people in the country cant be bothered to do. Look at uk with its indian population. As for being parasites, I think the US is in great need of the trillion dollars immigrants will contribute over the next 10 years to fix things like education, border security andthe eeconomy........

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by: Claudia L from: USA
August 18, 2014 12:30 PM
TOM! Who do you think was doing these jobs before the incursion? People like me! I may not have liked my job but I did it. We no longer need any more MANUEL labor as automation and offshoring continue to replace workers.

Immigrants in general will to consume 3-7TIMES in services than they contribute in revenue.

They don't even want to do the farming jobs because there are 14,000,000 illegals in the country NOW and we can't finds 1 of them to work on a farm and need more green cards and visas as they use these green cards & visas to come in here and sneak away to rob a construction or service job.

Get rid of all of them and they are not law abiding people.

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by: trampled from: illinois
August 16, 2014 10:26 PM
Tom. You are believing what the administration is telling you. We have over 70 million unemployed or underemployed. we have generational welfare recipients that are able bodied yet never worked a day in their lives. These people need jobs and opportunity. My post below outlines how this can happen if you read it with an open mind.


by: Tom from: new york
August 16, 2014 4:04 PM
My comment


by: Ironweed from: Chattanooga, TN
August 16, 2014 9:51 AM
No country ever benefited from a growing class of parasites. Send these parasites home.

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by: Claudia L from: USA
August 18, 2014 12:33 PM
FRIEDERIKE: Just because you're human doesn't mean you not a parasite: Welfare use by Immigrant Households with Children. States where the immigrant households with children have the highest use rates are Arizona (62%) Texas, California and New York (61%) each and Pennsylvania(59%).The study focused on eight major welfare programs that cost the government $517 billion the year they were examined. And obviously immigrants in general are parasites.

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by: friederike from: Wa state
August 16, 2014 12:09 PM
Ironweed you are the only parasite how can you talk about human beings like this.


by: Galactus from: United States of America
August 15, 2014 11:05 PM
We need our Federal Immigration laws enforced. Amnesty was tried in1986 and now we have 12 million more illegal aliens here. We need a committed Federal Government united to enforce our laws, secure our borders, fine those who hire illegal aliens and deport all 12 million illegal aliens


by: Trampled from: Illinois
August 15, 2014 9:58 PM
This is how you eliminate poverty, Increase wages, create millions of jobs, increase the tax base, reduce government expenditures and improve education. Ship every illegal Alien in the US back to where they came from as federal law requires. No US ID no stay period. This will open up millions of jobs. These jobs will then be filled by taxpaying Americans. Employers will be in bidding wars to fill entry level or physically demanding jobs increasing the base pay for those jobs without government mandating minimum wage increases. If an employer has a job that "Americans won't do" they turn it into Job Services and a list of those jobs will be made available to anyone applying for unemployment or Welfare and must be filled or applied for before either is approved. This raises wages, improves the standard of living for millions of American families and increases their disposable income that they will spend locally further creating jobs and additional tax base. Reduces unemployment, welfare, medicare, food stamp and education costs while the combination of all of the above increase the tax base drastically at all levels of government. This is a WIN WIN for everyone except those that illegally hire these aliens and those who in their first interaction with OUR country chose to disregard and ignore OUR laws.

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by: Claudia L from: USA
August 18, 2014 12:40 PM
You will never eliminate poverty as there will always be ignorant women having many children without husbands and throwing themselves at the mercy of WELFARE and millions of poverty level people sneaking over the border because we have birthright citizenship and it encourages a women to have unsupported children in order to AVOID working and learning English like "Baby Hope's " mother.

As automation and offshoring become more prevalent there will be less need for workers.


by: Skip Conrad
August 15, 2014 7:33 PM
“amnesty rumors have prompted tens of thousands of Central American children to try to enter the U.S. illegally in an effort to escape poverty and gang violence at home”

So, which is it? The promise of amnesty or the the threat of violence?

merican people. I think the amnesty is opposed by the American people.

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by: Claudia L from: USA
August 18, 2014 12:41 PM
It is: Only 27% said an increase in violent crime in Central America is the reason for the recent wave of unaccompanied children coming to the border, while 58% said the belief that the American government will grant amnesty to undocumented children is causing the crisis. Poll: 77% of Americans want illegal aliens sent home


by: Lawrence Bush from: Houston, Texas
August 15, 2014 1:58 PM
First, our government allows the undocumented immigrants to enter into our federal territory; then, thinking of reforming the immigration laws to keep them with us. This sort of unwanted accomodations must not take place. Besides habiltating them inside our federal territory with the expenditure of our economy and sharing our landspace, the very impacts
of such people relating our homeland security do have adverse consequences........ those people whose beforehand history and connections in their home states are unknown to us.

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