Shock poll: Americans want massive cuts to legal immigration

January 23, 2018

A government shutdown is in the rearview mirror, but the outlines of a looming immigration deal remain murky with the sides still far apart — though the latest polling suggests President Trump’s bargaining position may be strong.

A Harvard-Harris poll taken in the run-up to the shutdown found Americans strongly support granting citizenship rights to illegal immigrant Dreamers. But they also back Mr. Trump’s three demands for a border wall, limits to the chain of family migration and an end to the Diversity Visa Lottery.

Most striking of all is the public’s demand for lower overall legal immigration — a position that has little traction on Capitol Hill but one that is overwhelmingly popular across the country.

The poll found that most Americans want annual legal immigration capped at 500,000 a year or less — far lower than the current annual rate of 1.3 million.

Those findings challenge what many lawmakers say is the bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill that while illegal immigration is to be discouraged, high levels of legal immigration are necessary for the nation’s image and its economy.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Pete says:

    Senators & Representatives, listen to the people who send you to Washington DC.
    Vote for the Wall (100% funding) end of visa lottery & chain migration,plus a merit based Visas program, mandatory use of a cleaned up E-verify system and a farm labor visa program.

  • Humble Servant says:

    What in the heck is this “high levels of immigration are necessary for the nation’s image” crap all about?
    Stop the inrush of outsiders and shut down Planned Parenthood and the population form our own citizens will make up the “so called” needed difference.

    Government does such a poor job of assimilating immigrants that our culture is being lost and replaced with the dark ages.

    Don’t convert America to a third world country but help the third world countries to become like America.

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