Immigration and public opinion: Democrats playing with fire?
As you surely heard by now, Arizona passed a law last week which emphasizes enforcement of immigration law in that state and, as one could easily predict, Obama and the illegal alien apologists have come out and criticized it. But they might want to think twice...
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer last week signed a new law into effect that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 60% of voters nationwide favor such a law, while 31% are opposed.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans support the law along with 62% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Democratic voters are evenly divided on the measure. ...
I think it's worth pointing out here that, (despite all the liberal hyperventilating), essentially, the law just makes it a violation of STATE law to be in the state illegally...which is just a state version of existing federal law, (which people in Arizona are rightfully upset that the feds don't do such a good job of enforcing).
Yet, within days of this bill's passage, the Democrat leadership has announced that they will begin their push for a "comprehensive" immigration bill this year... (as per the usual, whenever you see the term "comprehensive" in how Washington politicians describe any piece of legislation, it usually means that it's packed with things that people would never support if they had to stand on their own merits as opposed to being hid in a large piece of legislation).
The bottom line is that Democrats are looking to energize (or at least placate) the Hispanic vote as they head into an election where the right is VERY energized. And where some Democrats (like Harry Reid) are fighting for their political lives...and desperately need some help for amnesty supporters.
But when you see polls like this, you can't help but wonder if their playing with a little election year fire.