The immigration issue and Pres. Obama's threats to act alone on immigration contributed to his party suffering massive losses in the 2014 mid-term elections. Three-quarters of those who voted this year (74%) say President Obama should work with Congress rather than around Congress on immigration and separately, 80% want new jobs created by the economy to go to American workers and legal immigrants already in the country.
The 80% figure turns on its head the elitist idea that illegal immigrants “do the jobs that Americans don't want to do.” We actually bothered to ask Americans about that, and their answer is unequivocal: protect American workers and provide them (and legal immigrants) with the employment opportunities they need.
Given the results at the ballot box, and the continuing prominence of immigration, in Washington, these data offer a fresh, compelling look at what those most engaged in the electoral process expect from their leaders.
Voters overwhelmingly prefer an immigration system that protects American workers. Therefore members of Congress should feel confident that voters will support actions using the power of the purse to protect American workers from Obama’s executive amnesty threat.
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