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New Poll Of Likely Voters Shows Strong Preference For Immigration Enforcement Over Legalization Of Illegal Aliens

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new national poll of 1,000 likely voters finds widespread public opposition to legalizing millions of illegal aliens. The poll also finds overwhelming skepticism that promises of future immigration enforcement would be kept, or that the government could effectively carry out the legalization process without significant fraud. Voters also do not believe President Obama's claims that our borders are secure or that his administration is effectively enforcing immigration laws.

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The poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) finds that only 36 percent of likely voters support "allowing illegal immigrants to legalize their status and remain here." By contrast, 52 percent support immigration enforcement as the best approach to dealing with illegal immigration, with 37 percent in favor of "encouraging illegal immigrants to return home by removing jobs and benefits," and an additional 15 percent who want current illegal immigrants deported.

"Unlike other recent polls which force respondents to choose between mass amnesty and mass deportation, the FAIR/Pulse Opinion poll offered voters a viable alternative," noted Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "The realistic alternative to the mass amnesty proposed by President Obama and many in Congress are policies that discourage illegal aliens from remaining here by removing incentives like jobs, or access to many public benefits and services. When presented with this realistic choice, American voters support enforcement over amnesty by a wide margin."

The FAIR/Pulse Opinion poll indicates that President Obama has a huge credibility gap when it comes to enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. Only 5 percent of voters are "very confident" that promises of future enforcement would be kept, and only 21 percent are even "somewhat confident." Nearly seven in ten voters express little or no confidence that enforcement promises would be fulfilled – 33 percent saying they are "not confident at all" and 36 percent who are "not very confident."

Voters also do not trust the government's ability to conduct meaningful background checks on millions of illegal aliens, or to screen out fraudulent applications for legalization by a 67 percent to 29 percent margin.

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