79% of Americans Agree With Trump on Skills-Based Immigration

The Washington Times bills this as a shock poll. I don't think it is. It's one of those areas where, like voter ID, a majority of the public backs a common sense approach that the left really hates.

The survey asked respondents what level of overall legal immigration they would like to see.

A stunning 35 percent said the level should be fewer than 250,000 a year, while another 19 percent said it should be 250,000 to 500,000. Combined, they make up a majority looking for a cut of at least 50 percent over current annual levels. Another 18 percent said they want to see 500,000 to 1 million.

Just 19 percent of respondents said they want an increase over 1 million.

Mr. Trump hasn’t said recently what legal immigration number he wants to see, but he has been vocal on changing the way the U.S. picks immigrants. He said skills and ability to assimilate in the U.S. should be weighted over extended family ties.

The poll says voters agree by a 79 percent to 21 percent margin.

That is even bigger than the 77 percent to 23 percent margin that supports legalization for Dreamers.

More than 60 percent of voters said current border security is inadequate, and 54 percent said they support “building a combination of physical and electronic barriers across the U.S.-Mexico border.”

The Dems are aware of this. It's why we have open borders.

There's more public support for reducing migration than there is for deportations. And so the left has been playing the, "Better to apologize than ask for permission" game for a while now. They will bring them here on any pretext, Temporary Protected Status is another of them, and then gamble that deporting them will be too hard and too unpopular.

Voters want to reduce immigration, but they don't want to be the bad guys about it either.

The flip side though is that there is widespread support for border security and for reducing immigration. But then again most people have no idea how huge the yearly follow into this country really is. And so they're estimating what would be reasonable. 

Except our migration numbers are completely unreasonable.

And all this is another reason why the Dems want to push DACA. Among other things it's a convenient distraction from the common sense immigration reform measures for which there is broad bipartisan support.