by Bill Callen | Top Right News
When Donald Trump proposed mandatory deportation of illegal aliens, pundits and politicians on both sides of the political aisle were appalled. But on this issue it looks like Trump has the public on his side.
Trump’s plan went farther than any prior proposals — and it earned the overwhelming scorn of Democrats and the media — but perhaps most of all from his own side — his rivals for the GOP nomination.
Jeb Bush said: “It’s not conservative and it’s not realistic and it does not embrace American values.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham called it “absolute gibberish.”
FoxNews commentator Charles Krauthammer called the idea “crackpot” and “morally obscene.”
But the prize for overheated rhetoric goes to Hillary Clinton, who said Trump wants to “literally pull people out of their homes and their workplaces, round them up, put them, I don’t know, in buses, boxcars, in order to take them across our border” — an outrageous reference to the Nazi Holocaust.
But no one bothered to ask the American people what they thought — until now. And the results are nothing short of shocking:
The latest IBD/TIPP Poll asked 913 adults coast to coast if they “support or oppose mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants in the U.S.” Not surprisingly, 87% of Trump supporters back the proposal.
What’s surprising is that 59% of the overall public does as well. Mandatory deportation gets majority support in every age group, every income group, among both women and men, at every level of educational achievement, and in rural, urban and suburban regions. Only 18-24 year olds disagreed, by a small margin.
More interesting still is the fact that 64% of independents and 55% of moderates support deportation.
It gets even more stunning. Prepare yourself:
Even among Hispanics, the poll found 40% backed mandatory deportation.
And that poll is not alone.
A new Rasmussen poll revealed that an overwhelming majority of likely American voters think illegal immigration is a serious problem, and that strengthening border security is the most important thing that can be done to address the issue.
Fully 80 percent — and these are not just Republicans — of those polled said illegal immigration is a “Serious Problem,” with 50 percent of respondents declaring it to be a “Very Serious Problem.”
What’s going on here?
Is it possible that the recent spate of murders by illegal aliens has caused people — including Democrats and Independents — to rethink their fuzzy notions about amnesty and “comprehensive immigration reform”?
The Obama administration itself has admitted that Immigration and Customs Enforcement released more than 30,000 convicted criminal aliens just last year, including 169 with murder convictions.
The widespread embrace of Trump’s tough plan measure shows just how desperate the country has become in the face of the current de facto open border policy.
Politicians who ignore this sea change in attitudes on immigration do so at their own peril.