May 11, 2006
Here is what I consider good news if you follow the immigration wars.
Last week’s so-called immigration boycott failed to shift public opinion in favor of the illegals among us, which was one of their primary goals.
According to a new survey which polled before and after the marches in many cities, 67 percent wanted an enforcement-first approach to immigration and that number dropped a statistically insignificant one percentage point in the poll after the marches. Meanwhile, support for allowing illegal aliens a path to citizenship remained steady at 53 percent before and after the marches.
There are radio commercials now running in Washington from an outfit called “Let Freedom Ring.” It features the accented voices of supposed legal immigrants who speak of their love of America and how their lives are better since they moved here. That’s fine, but the debate isn’t about legal immigrants. It’s about illegal aliens who have no right to be here. That is where the public focus should remain.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.