Once Again Proving that Inaction is the Truly Radical Option
In the wake of Republican obstruction and inaction on immigration reform in Congress, the case for President to take executive action continues to build and strengthen. And as new polling from Fox News underscores, people much prefer bold action over the status quo when it comes to the plight of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
Per an assessment of the new poll from Fox News reporter Dana Blanton:
By a more than three-to-one margin, voters would pick immigration reform that only includes a pathway to citizenship over no Congressional action at all — if those were the only two options on the table.
A new Fox News poll finds 65 percent of voters prefer legislation that only focuses on creating a pathway for certain illegal immigrants if that’s the only action Congress takes on immigration this year.
That’s three times the number who would prefer Congress ‘do nothing at all’ over only dealing with the illegal immigrants already here (20 percent).
And here’s something novel — there’s a generous amount of bipartisan agreement on the issue: 76 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Republicans say something is better than nothing on immigration reform. (And 60 percent of independents agree.)
According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:
As this poll clearly shows, the American people want their elected leaders to deal with immigration in a balanced and humane fashion. Given the choice between a path to citizenship or nothing, it’s not even close. A strong majority of voters, including Republicans, want immigration reform. Given that the House Republicans have opted for inaction and obstruction, it’s now up to the President to do what is well within his existing legal authority to do: take steps to get millions of undocumented Americans out of the shadows and into the system until we have a Congress that will finish the job and enact reform.