A new poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News reveals that 58% of Americans support Arizona's immigration enforcement law that goes into effect in late-July. The poll also reveals that 75% of respondents feel the government isn't doing enough to secure the border and 83% support use of the National Guard to patrol the border.

In addition to their high support for increased enforcement, Americans also disagree with the way Pres. Obama is dealing with the immigration issue. Fifty-one percent of Americans disapprove of the President's policies. More Americans disapprove of the way he's handling immigration than the way he's handling the oil spill in the Gulf and the economy.

In other immigration related questions, respondents were asked if they support the legalization of the nation's illegal aliens, and the majority of respondents say they support it. But the poll failed to give other options, such as an approach that includes increased enforcement efforts that would cause illegal aliens to return to their home countries.

The poll also asked if immigration enforcement should be the job of the federal government or if state governments should have jurisdiction. Fifty-two percent say the federal government should enforce immigration laws.

For more information, see the story from the Washington Post and see the questions and answers. To see a break down of responses by political affiliation, see this graph.

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Updated: Wed, Jul 28th 2010 @ 12:51pm EDT