Majority of Voters Will Only Support Immigration Reform if Border Security Comes First

Katie Pavlich

4/4/2013 11:35:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

According to a new Rasmussen Report, the majority of American voters will only support an immigration reform package if border security comes before a path to citizenship.

Just 26% support a plan that would provide legal status for those already in the country illegally who otherwise have obeyed the law if it doesn’t include tougher border control. Fifty-eight percent (58%) oppose a plan stripped of this provision.

As a reminder, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Obama have said a path to citizenship should not be contingent on border security, a position that would kill any reform package put forward that requires absolute border security before a path to citizenship for more than 11 million illegal immigrants.

Yesterday during a phone call with ICE Council President Chris Crane, reporters were told the current Gang of 8 proposal does not give ICE agents enough ability to enforce immigration laws already on the books and puts amnesty before security.

"The plan of the Gang of 8 appears to be legal immigration or amnesty first and then enforcement. That’s the big problem for us… We know much stronger interior enforcement is needed but continues to be ignored by the President and others because this is more about amnesty or legalization than truly addressing illegal immigration…Here’s my promise to America, if we don’t take care of the enforcement part of this first it will never happen. The only thing that will happen is that 11 million illegal aliens will be legalized," Crane said.

Crane also stressed that Congress and the White House are ignoring the criminal alien problem in the United States, a direct result of a porous border.