Carol Platt Liebau: What the Public Thinks

Friday, June 08, 2007

What the Public Thinks

Harry Reid and the Democrats are going to try to turn the failure of the immigration bill into a political advantage by blaming Republicans. In fact, chances are that they are going to try to imply that Republicans hate Latinos in the hope of securing the Hispanic voting bloc as securely as they have the African-American bloc.

But the facts are that an overwhelming majority of Americans -- 69% -- actually believe that illegal immigrants prosecuted, and 82% believe that America should be doing more to safeguard its borders. That has nothing to do with ethnicity, and since (unfortunately) 69% of the electorate isn't Republican, the sentiment is a bipartisan one. Americans are tired of the security hazards and affronts to national sovereignty that come with what's come far too close to an effective "open borders" policy.


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