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Social media wrap: The Great (polling) Divide: Arizona immigration vs politicians' approval ratings


A gulf wider than any border-protection measure has emerged between low approval ratings for our nation’s political ruling class and rising support for Arizona’s response to illegal immigration.

A new poll tweeted by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday finds that while 26% of respondents said they are embarrassed by Arizona and its behavior, about 62% said they are not. But 59% said they are embarrassed by the nation’s “political class” and its behavior, while 23% said they are not.

By a 3-to-1 margin, the poll results conclude, respondents see the political class as a greater threat to the nation than laws such as the one passed recently in Arizona. Just 31% said the U.S. is heading in the right direction, Rasmussen tweeted later. 

That’s a tough poll to swallow for the Democratic Party and, in particular, the current administration, which has sued to prevent – or delay significantly -- Arizona from enacting legislation that many see as....

...cracking down on an illegal immigration problem, and some (mainly politicians) see as racial profiling or a federal prerogative. The law, SB 1070, is scheduled to go into effect July 29.

By a 2-to-1 margin, respondents said they oppose the Justice Department’s decision to sue in federal court. About 61% said they favor passage of a law like Arizona’s in their own state, up 6 points from two months ago.

The administration argues that immigration is a federal responsibility and one best left to the politicians in D.C. President Obama has pledged to move forward with immigration reform, but he hasn't offered  specifics.
About 64% said they believe the federal government is more to blame for the controversy than state officials are for passing the legislation, by dint of historical inaction by successive federal governments toward enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, the poll found.

Seventy-eight percent of Republican respondents said they are embarrassed by their political representatives, along with 63% of unaffiliated respondents. Democrats were split on the question.

About 64% of respondents said they see the political class as the bigger threat than laws like Arizona’s, while 20% said the opposite, the poll concludes. Only 12% of “mainstream” respondents said they are embarrassed by Arizona’s behavior. Among the political class, 72% said they found Arizona embarrassing. The survey of 1,000 “likely voters” was conducted on July 12-13.

Latinos now view immigration as their leading concern along with the economy, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Hispanic Federation and League of United Latin American Citizens.

That poll showed strong opposition to Arizona’s law and strong support for federal immigration reform, the latter driven largely, activists say, by controversy over the Arizona measure, which would require police officers to check the immigration status of people they legally stop and who they suspect are illegal immigrants.

Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter, a prolific social-media networker, posted on Facebook on Wednesday that he had joined South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint to introduce an amendment to prevent federal funds being used to finance any lawsuit against Arizona.

Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, tweeted earlier this week that she was "grateful to receive the support and endorsement of both [Ariz.] Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl" in her campaign for reelection. 

-- Craig Howie

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Left photos: A border fence in Arizona. Credit: Credit: Getty Images

Right photo: Mexican President Felipe Calderon addresses the U.S. Congress. Credit: Getty Images

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A majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the current administration because one person's merit and qualifications are trumped by anothers ethnicity, and the voting public is intelligent enough to see where ethnic favoritism will lead.

For example, Congress is about to enact another layer of Affirmative Action racial quotas called the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill. It creates Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion for the 'financial industry' for disadvantaged minorities. The legislation will cover *all* things financial (mortgages, banks, credit unions, selling stock and bonds, etc). And BTW, Asian guys are not counted among disadvantaged minorities.

If it succeeds, new similar quota legislation can be applied to broadcasting, manufacturing, farming, and services too. Then *ALL* hiring becomes race and gender based and whenever an employer bases her employment decision on a federal quota, white and Asian guys don't get hired. This legislation coupled with a general amnesty will really hurt us.

The sad secret truth that the media will not reveal.

The vast majority of legal Hispanic citizens, would like to see the disgusting cancer of illegal invaders, rounded up and thrown out of the country. If it can be done with out including them in the negative profile.

The legal Hispanic citizens have come to realize the illegal invaders are not their friends, take their jobs and denigrate their ancestral heritage. Unfortunately until now they have been afraid to stand up to the pro-illegal political groups for fear of being traitors to "their" people.

Now they are realizing , that as proud American citizens, "their" people are their fellow law abiding citizens. Now they are finally starting to find the COURAGE to stand up and say; the illegals are not our people or our friends. THROW THEM OUT!

FAIR,numbersusa are RACIST ONE SIDED ORGs. They only show one side.

This week, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) came out with a report entitled, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers, which discusses the costs of unauthorized immigration to the United States. As usual, FAIR has put out a highly misleading fiscal snapshot of the costs allegedly imposed on U.S. taxpayers by unauthorized immigrants and completely discounts the economic contributions of unauthorized workers and consumers. Moreover, FAIR inflates their costs in a variety of ways and conveniently ignores any contributions that would offset these costs.

While the publication is long and deals with a wide range of issues that warrant more dissection by credible economic experts, the trade publication Education Week has already begun the deconstruction with an item that sheds light on their misleading claims about providing English language services in schools.

According to the Immigration Policy Center (IPC), FAIR's report suffers from three fatal flaws:

* The report notes that the single biggest "expense" it attributes to unauthorized immigrants is the education of their children, yet most of these children are native-born, U.S. citizens who will grow up to be tax-paying adults. It is disingenuous to count the cost of investing in the education of these children, so that they will earn higher incomes and pay more in taxes when they are adults, as if it were nothing more than a cost incurred by their parents.
* The report fails to account for the purchasing power of unauthorized consumers, which supports U.S. businesses and U.S. jobs.
* The report ignores the value added to the U.S. economy by unauthorized workers, particularly in the service sector.

In contrast to FAIR's report, the Perryman Group estimated that if all unauthorized workers and consumers were somehow removed from the U.S. economy, the United States would lose $552 billion in total economic activity ("expenditures"), $245 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and 2.8 million jobs." This doesn't count the billions it would cost to actually implement a mass deportation program.

Another argument FAIR makes, which makes it hard to glean what their solution would be is the high cost of deporting undocumented workers which FAIR blames on the immigrants themselves. It's a somewhat circular argument to say that the cost of undocumented immigrants includes the cost of failing law enforcement efforts. So, in essence, FAIR is saying that the deport-them-all approach costs too much money and doesn't work. Yet their "solution" is to spend even more money on enforcement.

FAIR's data is meant only to reinforce their vision of "attrition through enforcement." It is not rooted in an effort to move the immigration debate forward. Therefore, passing comprehensive immigration reform - which would yield a cumulative $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years - is the only sound economic decision the United States can make.

SOURCE Immigration Policy Center

Arizona needs to file a suit against the Feds for failure to protect and seek damages for having to address this immigration issue themselves.

What is Americans supposedly to do, feed and house the world? Offer freely HMO, PPO's health care to every penniless, desperate person, including their children, sisters and brothers, uncles and aunts and anybody else who stays in this nation after their visa has expired or those who our immigration laws and stole into America through a still upon border fence. Arizona did the right thing for their legal residence and anybody else should be apprehended and placed into detention until deported. But even that doesn't matter, because they still reenter illegally.

The--ONLY--true way to stop this massive incursion into a sovereign land by any foreign nationals, is to fully implement under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act all incorrigible employers who knowingly keep hiring illegal workers, throw them into prison with huge fines and take away all business assets. Making E-Verify a mandated federal law, would over time proof absolutely positive to start non-reversible ATTRITION which is far more affordable, than forced deportation. Anybody who aids and abets illegal immigrants, such as mayors who allow Sanctuary City policies, should also be taken to federal court. Even state Governors, weak police chiefs who in anyway catering to illegal immigrants, such as Bill Richardson of New Mexico, or any other elected official should not be exempt from federal penalties.

We have unsympathetic politicians such as Sen. Harry Reid and all his Dem followers who are instigators and are demanding another catastrophic Amnesty must be held accountable. Across our nation we have millions of legal American workers, in painful situations who cannot feed their children. Why are we the bad guys, because we are sick and tired of subsidizing Mexico and most of South America? Why is Arizona being demonized because it must defend its residents against the encroachment of illegal aliens, criminal gangs, drug smugglers and all the ugliness that is spreading across this sovereign land? Fight back America before it’s too late. This nation is 13 trillion dollars in debt, with 9.5 percent of Americans out of work.

It is estimated that at least 8.5 million illegal workers are employed. That the Federation for American Immigration Reform states that annually taxpayers mandatory to pay 113 billion in extra taxes to underwrite welfare programs for illegal aliens and their families. That's not part of the $60 billion a year that leaves America in workers remittances to other countries. Those who want to keep more money in their pockets better start bombarding your Senator. Incumbent Harry Reid was the Democratic majority leader in the Senate who nearly killed E-Verify, 287 (G) and pushing AMNESTY. Learn the implications of overpopulation, the millions a year legal immigrants, costs and other paramount problems at NumbersUSA. Start imposing your will on all your Washington Senators and House Representatives, including state politicians, who seemed to have forgotten who they work for at 202-224-3121. More details and what you can do for America's survival at NumbersUSA.

With people like the two fine specimens in these comments trolling around the internet posting falsehoods, misinformation, and racial hatred in every website and voting in every poll against anything immigration, these poll results are surely reliable.

Because we all know there's no such thing as interest groups influencing American opinion with deception.

Great article. Good day to you all.

We do not need immigration reform. We need to stop immigration period. There are 8,000,000 illegal aliens working in American workers jobs right now, while 20,000,000 Americans are without jobs. Many of them work in skilled construction jobs hired by dishonest contractors wanting cheap labor. Without the illegal aliens 8,000,000 more Americans could be working. Farmers already have a legal way to bring temporary migrant workers in to harvest or work the fields, if they prove they can't find Americans to do the job. Too many people of any one ethnic group being allowed to immigrate will upset the balance of our peaceful nation. Beside that, we should be very selective about who comes into this country if immigration continues. We should be accepting only well educated skilled people, not Mexico and Latin America's poor uneducated masses that their country can't and won't care for. Those people are the burdens of their own country not ours.


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