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  by  Roy Beck

A new survey found that an overwhelming portion of New Hampshire voters oppose the amnesty that their electorally vulnerable Senator Maggie Hassan is supporting in the $2 trillion Build Back Better reconciliation bill before the Senate.

The polling shows that Sen. Hassan is putting her political career at considerable risk if she votes to approve the 10-year amnesty in the BBB reconciliation bill.

Having won election to the Senate in 2016 by only 1,017 votes, Sen. Hassan is already considered one of the most vulnerable Senators in the 2022 elections. She will not make herself more popular by backing an amnesty that does nothing to control the current chaos at the border or to reduce illegal migration in the future.

In its release of the results today, Rasmussen Reports stated:

Nearly two-thirds of voters in New Hampshire oppose an amnesty provision for illegal immigrants in the "Build Back Better" legislation, which is supported by the state's Democratic senators.

A new telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports and Numbers USA finds that just 28% of Likely New Hampshire Voters approve of a provision in the Build Back Better bill that would offer 10 years of work permits and legal status to approximately 8 million illegal immigrants.

Another 14% would only support the proposed 10-year amnesty if it includes provisions to stop future illegal immigration.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) say no amnesty should be considered until the border is under control, while 26% oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants under any condition. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The House of Representatives last month passed the $2-trillion spending bill, which Democrats hope to enact through a "reconciliation" procedure to overcome a Senate filibuster. Only 35% of New Hampshire voters generally support the Build Back Better bill, while 50% oppose it. Another 14% are not sure.

By nearly a 2-to-1 margin (54% to 28%) New Hampshire voters said they would be inclined to vote against a member of Congress who supported the amnesty provision in the Build Back Better bill. Voter opposition could put pressure on New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, who is expected to face a tough reelection battle next year.

Three-quarters (73%) of New Hampshire voters say they are concerned about the approximately "200,000 foreign migrants" who have been "illegally crossing the border from Mexico each month." And 61% say the BBB provisions to offer 10 years of work permits to illegal aliens "would encourage more illegal border crossings."

Perhaps most egregiously, Pres. Biden's Build Back Better amnesty does not require employers to use the federal E-Verify system to prevent future illegal immigration. The bill is written not only to reward millions of past illegal aliens (and their law-breaking employers) but to allow unscrupulous employers to continue to entice millions more illegal workers to enter the United States.

New Hampshire voters support mandatory E-Everify by a 64-16 margin. NumbersUSA's Immigration Grade Cards show Sen. Hassan as failing to take any action to support mandatory E-Verify during her five years in the Senate.

The BBB amnesty not only allows employers to continue to hire illegal aliens instead of U.S. citizens and legal permanent resident aliens, it also allows the millions of amnestied illegal aliens to begin a process that eventually can bring in their extended family and the extended family of all the spouses. That chain migration is something New Hampshire voters oppose by a 62-22 margin.

Senate champions of the BBB amnesty have lately been promoting it as a way to reduce inflation by loosening the labor market and depressing wage growth. Publicly advocating lower wages seems like an amazing political decision. It certainly would not appear to be a wise political move in New Hampshire where voters overwhelmingly reject using any kind of immigration to keep wages down.

New Hampshire voters were asked: "When businesses say they are having trouble finding Americans to take jobs in construction, manufacturing, hospitality and other service work, what is generally best for the country?"

  • 58% answered that it is "better for businesses to raise the pay and try harder to recruit non-working Americans even if it causes prices to rise.
  • 19% answered that it is "better for the government to bring in new foreign workers to help keep business costs and prices down."
  • 23% answered that they were not sure.

It is a sign of both the desperation of the immigration expansionists and of their dependence on voters not paying attention that they are advancing such radical arguments for such extreme measures of amnesty and green card increases at this time.

ROY BECK is Founder & President of NumbersUSA

Updated: Mon, Dec 27th 2021 @ 12:20am EST

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