Presidential hopeful Donald Trump may be fielding a lot of fire from businesses, Mexicans and mainstream media about his recent comments about illegal immigrants and the need to control the border, but when it comes to the American people, a recent poll shows he’s only stating in part what most believe.
Rasmussen Reports found 63 percent of Americans want more controls at the border – and only 30 percent favor any type of amnesty or legalization for illegal immigrants currently in the country. Specifically, fully 55 percent say President Obama’s path to amnesty for 5 million or so illegals who now reside in America is just wrong, and they oppose it.
Trump, under fire in recent weeks for his comments about Mexico sending criminals across the border, has lost several lucrative business deals, including ones with Univision, ESPN, NBC, NASCAR and Macy’s, as reported by WND.
But it appears his rhetoric is resonating somewhat with the American people.
He said, during his mid-June presidential campaign announcement: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing their problems to us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, some are good people.”
He also went on to say he drew his opinion after personal conversations with border guards.
“It’s got to stop,” he said, of the criminal immigration element. “And it’s got to stop fast.”
Trump has only doubled down on his comments in recent days.
And according to Rasmussen: “Most voters for years also have complained that the policies and practices of the federal government encourage rather than discourage illegal immigration.”
One other facet of the survey: “Voters remain overwhelmingly positive about immigrants who come to the United States to work hard, support their families and pursue the American Dream. The problem is just 54 percent now believe that is what most immigrants have in mind.”