An immigration watchdog has released a survey showing most Americans agree with President Donald Trump when it comes to immigration reform.
The survey published Jan. 2 by Numbers USA found that by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, likely voters want any legalization of DACA – young-adult illegal immigrants – to include an end to chain migration of extended family members beyond spouse and minor children. By that same margin, respondents support efforts to end the visa lottery system.
The poll also found an overwhelming majority of likely voters said any legalization deal should require employers to use E-Verify to keep them from enticing future illegal immigration by giving jobs to illegal foreign workers.
Roy Beck, founder and president of Numbers USA, says the survey reflects what likely midterm voters feel, too.
"The likely midterm voters very strongly say that if there's going to be any kind of a DACA amnesty, it's got to include an end to chain migration, an end to the visa lottery, and a mandate for all employers to use E-Verify," Beck tells OneNewsNow.
He adds that likely midterm voters don't want the annual legal immigration rate to remain at one million or more per year.
"Sixty percent said the number should be cut at least in half, while only 27 percent said the current system, or something bigger, should be in place," he points out.
Beck says Republicans should benefit from standing firm heading into this year's midterms.
"I think it's going to have the effect, maybe, of depressing some turnout of some of the Democratic base,” he says. “At the same time, I think a lot of moderates who often vote Democrat are going to say, Man, this is a group of people who really are radical that they won't accept a compromise like this."
Beck, meanwhile, doubts there is any downside to Republicans standing firm.