Eighty-one percent (81%) of Americans favor a plan that calls for mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a felony in the US, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey. Sixty-five percent (65%) support a five-year mandatory prison sentence for illegal immigrants convicted of major felonies who return to America after being deported.
The report also shows most voters don’t want to live in a community that shields illegal immigrants from the government, and many question the safety of such communities. Not even half (48%) of Democrats want to live in a sanctuary city, and only 27% of both Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major political party agree.
The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on March 22-23, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Data from the Department of Homeland Security, the Government Accountability Office, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Border, the Center of Immigration Studies, or the Maritime Security Subcommittee reveal:
- In 2015, the border agents apprehended more than 331,000 illegal immigrants and made over 14,000 seizures of drugs.
- The CBP can see about 56 percent of the United States-Mexico border activity in real-time, but over 1000 miles of the border has no barrier.
- In 2015, 124 illegal aliens previously apprehended but released by the Obama administration had been charged with at least 138 murders AFTER their discharge in the past five years.
- During the last months of the Obama administration the number of illegal immigrants trying to cross the border each month was in the 25,000-30,000 range.
Obama led actions to protect the border was just “activity masquerading as effectiveness.”
Subcommittee Chairman Martha McSally said the Obama led actions to protect the border was just “activity masquerading as effectiveness.”
Border States have been struggling. Texas Governor Greg Abbott blamed “the neglect shown by the federal government” on the escalating tide of “criminal enterprises,” including human trafficking, drug smuggling, violent gang activity and other problems in the United States. Abbott noted that Texas resources are substantially strained from the federal government blunders and policies the state must deal with, including health, education and welfare costs.
After the 2015 murder of a young woman in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant from Mexico, sixty-two percent (62%) of voters said the Justice Department should take legal action against cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. The majority of Americans continue to be in favor of the legal actions in cities like Austin, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. that are refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
“Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters who oppose their community becoming a sanctuary for illegal immigrants think sanctuary communities are less safe,” Rasmussen reports. “Among voters who favor their home becoming a sanctuary, 36% believe their community will be safer than others, while 48% feel the level of safety will be about the same.”