It is often said that the Devil is in the details and there is no better example right now than the Senate Immigration Reform Bill granting Amnesty to illegal immigrants. While it is possible to claim that a majority of Americans want some kind of Reform of our current Immigration process, it becomes harder to say exactly what that reform should be when we examine the raw data from these polls. One thing that is NOT hard to extrapolate is that an overwhelming majority of those polled DO NOT support Amnesty for those here illegally.
Since the majority of Americans do not support Amnesty and actually oppose the idea, how exactly does the Media manage to twist the polls to show support for the Senate Immigration Reform Bill? Simply by not asking the right questions in their polls. Here are two questions that should be asked but aren't:
- Would you support any legislation granting Amnesty to illegal aliens?
- What is it that needs fixing in our immigration process?
It is easy to predict that the overwhelming answer to the first question would be a resounding "No" as the seeded poll links show, but the answer to the second question would be much harder to nail down.
The truth of the matter is that most people can't identify any particular area where our current system needs reforming. That would be because our current system isn't so much "broken" as much as it is overwhelmed! A lack of funding for the Immigration service has created backlogs resulting in years of delays in processing applications and impeding investigations as well as background checks. One glaring example of what many people consider to be broken in the process however, is there is no requirement for a basic understanding and utilization of the American English language. These two trouble spots are what most Americans, when asked, identify as the most pressing problems with our current system. Both can be solved with an injection of proper funding of current programs.
Most of us agree that a mass deportation is just logistical impossibility. What can and should happen is self-deportation. This can be encouraged through the utilization of legislation giving actual teeth to our current laws. Increasing fines to the point where it is an real economic liability unworthy of the costs and adding jail sentences to those who willfully flout the current E-Verify requirements for new hires would end the job magnet that pulls people across the border. Adding Landlords to those required to E-Verify would also cause a mass exodus as those here illegally could not find a place to rent.
These are the areas I believe most Americans would like to see targeted for Immigration Reform, not the granting of Amnesty to upwards of tens of millions who began their life in America by breaking the law to begin with. This is not going to cater to the potential millions of new voters who would lean towards showing gratification via the polling booth though. This is why the spin is being placed upon the polls to make it appear that a majority of people support the Senate Bill. What will be interesting is when the blow-back from the legal voters oust those who are giving them nothing but a cheap replacement worker for their current jobs. The only ones to benefit from this legislation are the law-breakers; illegal aliens and their employers!