Poll: Americans oppose sanctuary cities, support Trump’s immigration agenda

From: hotair.com,  by John Sexton,  on Feb 21, 2017


A poll released today found that Americans are overwhelmingly against sanctuary cities. From the Hill:

A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with…

A majority — 52 percent — say they support Trump’s two executive orders allowing for the construction of a southern border wall, increasing the number of immigration officers by 10,000 and finding a way to revoke federal funds for sanctuary cities.

The crackdown on sanctuary cities is the most popular feature of those actions, followed closely by the directive to increase the border patrol, which is backed by 75 percent of voters.

A Reuters story published last month estimated the nation’s top 10 sanctuary cities could lose $2.3 billion in federal funds if they refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Democratic mayors in Chicago and New York have vowed not to cooperate with any efforts to end sanctuary city policies. However, other parts of the country have voted to end the policies. Miami-Dade county dropped its sanctuary status last week.

Overall, this is a very positive poll for Trump. The one exception is the construction of a southern border wall. When this one piece of his agenda is separated from the rest, poll respondents opposed the wall 53-47.

Everything else Trump has proposed, including his temporary travel ban on immigration from 7 nations, has majority support. Support for the travel ban went as high as 60% when the question described the 7 countries that are the targets of the ban as “Muslim-majority countries.”

A majority of respondents (51%)  thought the number of immigrants the U.S. takes in from Syria, which President Obama set at 100,000 this fiscal year, should be lower. Only 15% thought it should be higher.


The poll, conducted by Harvard-Harris, found that the overwhelming majority of Americans, 80% in fact, believe that illegal immigrants arrested for crimes should be turned over to federal immigration authorities rather than being harbored in so-called sanctuary cities.  I wonder exactly who we can thank for the illogical concept of “sanctuary cities”? It’s a forgone conclusion that the brainiac(s) responsible for the sanctuary concept was one (or more) far left, illegal-loving, soft-on-crime democrat(s).

If the concept is allowed to stand, where will it extend next? You know that it would become a mechanism of protection for any favored group.




Categories: Political


3 replies

  1. Welcome back, Garnet! I trust you are truly on the mend!

    My link back to TPT has gone wonky, and life has been much too complicated for me as well, so I apologize for my absence.


  2. “…80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law…”

    Let’s find out who the remaining 20% are and rescind their American citizenships.

    Immigration law is the purview of the federal government, and the individual states don’t have the right under the Constitution to make their own immigration policy. That’s not only the law but it’s common sense given that people who come into this country are not restricted from moving from state to state, which means one state would be subjected to the whims of the dumb immigration decisions made by other states.

    Naturally it’s better to have public opinion on your side, but the political media’s obsession with polling everything is bothersome to me because it reinforces the false notion that something like the enforcement of our laws and constitution should be dictated by popularity.


  3. If memory serves, I think that goes back to the late 70s and we have the brainiac Jimmy Carter to thank (blame) for sanctuary cities. It wasn’t as big a deal then like it is now that O opened the floodgates for illegals to come here in herds.

    We need Congress to get off their backsides and create legislation to outlaw them and penalize sheriffs, like the ones in Austin and in Phoenix who are maintaining sanctuary status in their counties and even going so far as to release illegals before ICE can make a move.


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