A new CNN Poll reflects a shifting mood among Americans and the issue of illegal immigration. While support for Arizona's new immigration enforcement law remains strong, support for securing the border is also on the rise.
In a CNN Poll conducted over the weekend, 82% oppose boycotts against Arizona while 57% of Americans approve of Arizona's immigration enforcement law.
The poll, which questioned American adults rather than registered or likely voters, revealed the following changes:
- Those who want the number of illegal immigrants decreased went up three points in seven months to 76%
- Those who want all illegal immigrants expelled increased four points to 41%
- The split on whether immigration reform should focus on normalization or enforcement increased from 41/56 in December 2005 to 38/60 today
- Support for border fence went from a steady 45% over the last 4 years to 54%
- Support for stiff employer fines rose from 58% in 2006 to 71%
- Increasing federal agents at the border now supported by 88%, up from 74%
Despite Pres. Obama sending 1,200 National Guard troops to the border, the troops will not be used to help enforce immigration laws. The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that the troops will be used to assist in drug and weapons enforcement along the border. The clarification from the State Department came after Mexican President Felipe Calderon urged for the troops not be used for immigration purposes.
At a press conference earlier today, Pres. Obama was asked if he supported boycotts against Arizona.
"I'm the President of the United States, I don't endorse boycotts or not endorse boycotts. That's something that private citizens can make a decision about."
For more information on the CNN poll, see CNN's website.