President Obama's proposal for reforming our legal immigration policies pointedly omit any changes to our failed policy of family chain migration, which admits nearly a million people each year without regard to education or job skills. "The president's prescription for reforming our legal immigration policies can be summarized in one word: More," Stein said.
The president justified his calls for amnesty and increases in immigration levels by claiming that America's borders are being effectively controlled and that laws against illegal immigration are effectively enforced. FAIR's new national opinion poll finds that most voters do not share the president's rosy view of immigration enforcement. Only 2 percent describe current immigration enforcement as "very effective" and 19 percent consider current efforts to be "somewhat effective." Conversely, 27 percent of likely voters say our immigration enforcement is "not effective at all," while an additional 47 percent describe it as "not very effective."
"There are about as many people in this country who believe the earth is flat as believe the president's claim that his administration is doing a very effective job in enforcing immigration laws," Stein commented. "What's more, only 26 percent believe that our immigration laws would be enforced after an amnesty, compared with 69 percent who express little or no confidence that this administration would do a better job of enforcement in the future.
"As the details of the immigration reform legislation President Obama and his allies in Congress are attempting to sell to the American people emerge, it will become clear to the American people that there is nothing in this plan that benefits law-abiding citizens and immigrants, or the struggling middle class. Immigration reform, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder and once the American public gets a good look at what the president is peddling they will quickly recognize it as an ugly betrayal of their interests," concluded Stein.