To say that President Joe Biden has an immigration policy problem would be the greatest understatement of 2021.
According to the Washington Examiner, the newly-minted president’s aggressive policies which will ultimately ease citizenship requirements and provide a path to amnesty for some 11 million illegal immigrants is not polling well, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, in which a majority of voters expressed concern over the influx of illegals pouring across the border.
Biden spent his first week in office rolling back a number of former President Donald Trump’s immigration-related executive orders — which were orders put into play to prevent the kind of Obama-era influx of illegal immigrants that America is experiencing once again.
The Rasmussen survey indicated that a staggering 73% of Americans are concerned about the influx of illegal immigrants and are also worried about the U.S. government’s ability to meet established COVID-19 protocols with regard to the surge in border crossings and detainments.
Biden also presented a lofty, amnesty-like program as part of his campaign promise that would eventually lead to a clear pathway to citizenship for roughly 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. The survey found that a majority — at 51% — are not in favor of such a program.
That 51% of voters also believe that a pathway to citizenship should only be granted to the large group of illegal immigrants after living in the United States for at least five years. Sixteen percent are not in favor of granting any kind of pathway to citizenship.
Not surprisingly, when the numbers are broken down between party lines, 68% of Democrat voters were in favor of granting illegal immigrants special work permits and an eventual pathway to citizenship. In contrast, 72% of Republican voters were against the idea and out of that number, 55% were “strongly” against the idea.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up a vote on a pair of amnesty bills this week that would begin to pave that pathway to citizenship, which would affect some five million illegal immigrants.
It remains to be seen whether House Democrats can muster the support needed to pass such an impactful bill, but even if they can’t get it done this time around, they’ll surely keep trying until something sticks.