Above: Pro-amnesty and anti-amnesty protesters face off in Washington last May (Reuters)
by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
Not only is the momentum for so-called “immigration reform” threatened, thanks to Obama’s engineered border bum rush. But now it looks like Americans have finally had enough of the huge annual level of legal immigration as well, according to a new poll that has amnesty-pushers in Washington in a panic.
And this is not some Rasmussen or FoxNews poll the left can downplay. The Gallup poll shows that only 22% of Americans favor increased immigration to the United States. The poll also shows that 41% of Americans actually want to decrease immigration.
The poll actually revealed a strong desire among Americans to decrease immigration, as 41% of respondents thought immigration should be decreased. This included 50% of GOP voters, 43% of independents, and 32% of Democrats. The percentage of those preferring to decrease immigration has jumped from 35% in 2012 and 2013 to 41% in 2014.
There has been a slow but steady growth since 1999, when 10% of voters supported immigration, as opposed to 22% in 2014. One explanation offered is that some business leaders favor it so that highly skilled foreign nationals can emigrate to the U.S. […]
Significantly, although 63% of Americans view immigration positively in 2014, that number has dropped 9 percentage points since 2013, when it stood at 72%.
The United States currently admits more than 1 million legal immigrants per year, more than every other nation in the world combined, and it has taken a huge economic toll on the American middle class.
This sustained level matches the highest level of immigration through Ellis Island in the last century, every single year. Such massive labor imports made sense at a time in which the nation was furiously growing, but makes little sense now, at a time in which the U.S. economy is stagnant — and even declined 2.9% in the first quarter of 2014.
With 19 million Americans out of the workforce — a 7 million increase since Obama took office — the last thing America needs is more immigration. And a new shocking study shows that, since 2000, all economic gains have gone to legal and illegal immigrants. To American citizens? Nada.
So what’ does immigration do for Americans? Not much. And the poll makes that crystal clear. The only stunning thing is that more candidates don’t use this as an issue in their campaigns — as Dave Brat did in unseating Eric Cantor this month.
So is amnesty dead? Never count it out. But this poll shows there are serious consequences for Democrats now prodding Obama to take unilateral action to halt deportations. The American people clearly don’t want that, and as there far more Democrats defending their Senate seats this year than Republicans, the damage of Executive action may be costly indeed.