Most Americans agree with President Donald Trump on immigration reform, according to a new poll conducted by The Polling Company and National Research Inc. Contrary to a main media narrative, Americans do not consider Trump’s positions as “hardline” by margins of as much as 82 percent. Despite criticisms by his opponents, such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of New York, the survey indicates that between 70 to 80 percent of Americans agree with Trump’s “America First” promise. 

A majority of Americans agree with President Trump on immigration reform (by margins up to 82 percent), and contrary to media reports, do not consider his positions as "hardline," according to a new poll  conducted by National Research Inc. and The Polling company.  More agree that  legal immigration is at the right levels, but want illegal immigration curtailed. They believe that Trump’s focus on rounding up illegal immigrants, the so-called "Trump Effect," has reduced the number of illegal immigrants crossing U.S. borders without approval.

Here follow some important points: 

71 percent want businesses to offer jobs to Americans before foreigners.

64 percent support legislation (e.g. the RAISE Act) that would create a point system based on education levels, ability to speak English, and job skills to rank applicants for the 140,000 employment-based legal immigrant permits that are granted annually by the United States.

82 percent of voters support a law that would strengthen sentencing penalties for illegal aliens who had previously been deported (like Kate's Law) and strengthens laws against illegal immigrants who commit crimes in the U.S.

76 percent want more officers hired at Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

75 percent support Trump's focus on jailing members of the violent MS-13 gang.

73 percent believe immigrants must be financially self-supporting.

By a 2-to-1 margin, voters support limiting the number of immigrants on the basis of family relationships to immigrants who live in the US, i.e. "chain migration."

59 percent said new immigrants should be required to speak English.
 



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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