So with all of this incessant blathering by grandstanding leftist politicians in some of America’s biggest cities about how they will do whatever it takes to fight efforts by the Trump administration to deport criminal illegals, you might think that there was a groundswell of support for their position among the American electorate.
Not even close.
The Hill is reporting on the results of a new survey conducted by Harvard-Harris Poll that found 80 percent of voters believe local police and government authorities should, in fact, be required to comply with existing law and notify federal authorities when they encounter illegal immigrants in their jurisdictions.
Beyond the singular issue of sanctuary cities, the poll also found clear majority support for comprehensive immigration reform, by a margin of 77 percent to 23 percent.
Speaking on the survey results, Mark Penn, co-director of Harvard-Harris, said, “While there is broad support for comprehensive immigration reform, there is overwhelming opposition to sanctuary cities. The public wants honest immigrants treated fairly and those who commit crimes deported and that's very clear from the data.”
Interestingly, although several components of the effort to tighten immigration found favor with those polled, one issue that did not enjoy majority support was the border wall; according to the survey results, 53 percent of voters oppose its construction.
Even if one takes these poll results with a grain of salt (which is probably a good way to digest all such numbers), it hardly seems unusual that a preponderance of Americans would generally be approving of measures that seek to better secure the nation, despite the shrill voices of pandering politicians that appear to suggest otherwise.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large