According to a Rasmussen 70% of Americans support punishment for those that hire illegal immigrants.
Seventy percent (70%) of U.S. voters favor strict government sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Only 21% oppose such sanctions.
As the national debate over Arizona’s new immigration law continues, voters overwhelmingly oppose allowing illegal immigrants to be eligible for state and federal government benefits. Fifty-eight percent (58%) say a child born to an illegal immigrant in this country should not automatically become a U.S. citizen, as the law currently allows.
Legislators in Washington once again are talking about immigration reform, but voters across the nation remain skeptical about the federal government’s role in the immigration debate. Three-out-of-four voters believe that the federal government is not doing enough to secure the nation’s borders.
Among voters who are angry about immigration, 83% are angry at the federal government. Only 12% direct their anger at the immigrants.
Most voters continue to say as they have for years that gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers.
At the same time the Obama Administration is filing suit against an Arizona State law, signed by our current Secretary of Homeland Security when she was the Governor of Arizona, that targets employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
The Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to strike down a state immigration-enforcement law Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano signed as governor of Arizona.
In a filing Friday afternoon, Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal asked the court to hear a challenge brought by employers and immigrant-rights groups to the employer-sanctions statute Napolitano signed in 2007.
“Those provisions disrupt a careful balance that Congress struck nearly 25 years ago between two interests of the highest importance: ensuring that employers do not undermine enforcement of immigration laws by hiring unauthorized workers, while ensuring that employers not discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities legally in the country,” Katyal and other government attorneys wrote. “There is no reason to believe that Congress intended a result that would subvert the purpose and operation of its general prohibition on state sanctions.”
The Arizona law, which Napolitano did not actively campaign for and signed after protracted deliberations, seeks to exploit a purported gap in a federal statute that generally bars states from regulating issues related to employment of foreigners, including illegal aliens. The law allows states to control business “licensing and similar laws.” The Arizona law targets employers found to have hired illegals, and could empower state government to revoke the business licenses of repeat violators.
By effectively joining the challenges to the law, the Obama Administration is asserting broad federal control of immigration — a position that will make it easier to pursue a lawsuit against the more controversial immigration law passed in Arizona this year allowing local police to make arrests of non-citizens lacking legal status. The administration is also siding with immigrant-rights groups that have accused the White House of not making immigration reform a priority.
More positive proof that President Obama is more interested in finding ways to defy the will of the American People, than he is in enforcing the law, protecting the nation and representing the voters.
President Obama is intent on legalizing millions of illegal immigrants in time for the 2012 elections. Up to 40 millions illegal immigrants reside in the US, and while we can ill afford the Socialist programs that support them, legalizing them can net him up to 20 million votes.
His recent political ploy to send 1200 troops to the border is an ill-conceived attempt to silence the voices of those that call for border control.
In truth, the troops will not be involved in US border protection, they are there to protect the Mexican border from the fictitious issue of illegal gun trafficking. The troops will simply turn their backs to the border and allow illegal immigrants to cross at will. Actually, that is what they have been ordered to do.
For the most part, President Obama is playing politics and counting on the lame stream, and the stupidity of the liberals, to provide cover for him. Fortunately, for us, he does not control the Supreme Court, ‘yet’.