A new survey shows that a majority of Americans support the efforts of states to deal with the problem of illegal immigration because the federal government is unwilling to do so.
In survey results released last week by Rasmussen Reports, just 13 percent of likely U.S. voters believe the federal government is doing a good or excellent job of dealing with the illegal immigration problem in the United States; in contrast, 59 percent rate the government's performance in this area as poor. In the same survey, 60 percent believe a state should have the right to enforce current immigration laws if it believes the federal government isn't enforcing them; 28 percent disagree with that, while 12 percent are undecided.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), observes that some states "have decided that they've had enough" of the federal government's handling of the issue and have taken matters into their own hands.
"Arizona is a prime example," he tells OneNewsNow, "and the result has been a significant diminishment in the number of illegal aliens living in Arizona since 2004 when the voters first voted for Proposition 200." That initiative was approved by 56 percent of voters on November 2, 2004.
In contrast with Arizona, Mehlman finds it unfortunate some states are going in precisely in the opposite position.
"California has basically provided protection for any illegal alien, including criminals in that state, [and has] made all kinds of benefits and services available to them," he notes. "The New York legislature is now entertaining a bill that would make illegal aliens citizens of New York and make them eligible to vote in local elections and even run for office.
"So you've got states that are just going off the reservation on the other side – and somebody needs to rein them in," he suggests.
Mehlman points out the Obama administration only goes after states like Arizona that are trying to curb illegal immigration rather than aid it.