With a strike on Syria imminent and major budget battles on the horizon, Americans aren't counting on Congress to get anything done about illegal immigration this year. A new Rasmussen Report shows just 28 percent of voters believe comprehensive legislation will be passed by Congress and signed by the President. Confidence levels about the federal government security the border are also very low.
But is President Obama actually waiting on Congress for reform? Not according to the Heritage Foundation.
A continuing problem for the reformers is that just 32% of voters think it is at least somewhat likely that the federal government would actually secure the border and prevent illegal immigration, and that includes only eight percent (8%) who feel it’s Very Likely. Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe the government is unlikely to follow through with tighter border control, with 27% who say it’s Not At All Likely.
Confidence in the likelihood of the federal government actually securing the border fell to a low of 28% in late June from a high of 45% in January.
Just 28% of voters now think it is even somewhat likely that comprehensive immigration reform legislation will pass the Senate and the House and be signed by the president this year. Sixty-three percent (63%) view passage as unlikely. This includes seven percent (7%) who think it’s Very Likely and 20% who say it’s Not At All Likely.
Congress hasn’t passed immigration legislation, but that hasn’t stopped President Obama from issuing directives that grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.Meanwhile, our southern border with Mexico is still wide open.
Last week, the Obama Administration issued the latest in a line of policy directives granting amnesty by default. This latest directive instructs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials not to enforce immigration laws in cases where an illegal alien is the primary provider for any minor child—regardless of the child’s immigration status—or the parent or guardian of a child who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
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