After GOP Votes to Defund Action On Immigration, AJC Poll Shows Support For Slowing Deportations

A new poll of Georgia residents conducted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds that a majority supports allowing illegal immigrant parents who have lived in the United States for five years and have no serious criminal convictions to remain in the country without being deported. This position mirrors the executive action announced by President Obama last November.

The AJC poll shows an equal percentage of men and women — 67 percent — support providing deportation deferrals and work permits to immigrant parents living without papers in the U.S. Support among Democratic respondents totaled 77 percent. That number dropped to 59 percent for Republicans.

Seventy-four percent of blacks indicated support compared with 62 percent of whites. Those living in metro Atlanta showed the most support — at 80 percent — compared with people in other parts of the state. The youngest group of those surveyed — ages 18-39 — support it the most at 78 percent. Those 40-64 years old showed the least support at 59 percent.

The AJC released the poll on the same day that the U.S. House voted to effectively roll back the President’s order. All of Georgia’s Republican representatives voted for the measure. To be fair, Georgia’s representatives explained their votes by citing an overreach of presidential authority. Presidential overreach was also the reason that Attorney General Sam Olens joined a Texas lawsuit seeking redress from the President’s actions.

Opposition to illegal immigration has become a driving force for many in the Tea Party, and immigration was used as a wedge issue in Georgia’s election campaigns. Yet, with a majority of Georgians — especially millennials — supporting relief for some undocumented immigrants, is it time to reconsider how many in the GOP approach the issue?

20 comments

  1. Dave Bearse says:

    The matter is another indicator of the chokehold the Tea Party has on the GaGOP, notwithstanding remarks from the broader GOP establishment that the establishment’s candidates generally triumphed in the last election.

    Immigration is comparable to gay marriage in that a reason it’s not more damaging to the GOP is that like gay marriage, it directly significantly impacts relatively few people. A low minimum wage is somewhat similarly situated.

    Cross the broad middle class on a bread and butter issue with in the context of policies indifferent to pushing people out of the middle class, and the GOP will take a beat down. Look for the GOP establishment to try to flip-flop on concern about rising income inequality between now and ’16.

  2. saltycracker says:

    For the most part these people are here for opportunity more than a handout and each party has their own reasons for not letting that happen. The Republicans are in a position to fix immigration and dodge mass welfare, maybe, just dreaming.

  3. gcp says:

    The correct question should ask do you support stopping illegal immigration at the border before any legalization program is enacted.

      • gcp says:

        Illegal immigrants in this country are a result of insufficient border security and a poorly designed visa system. Fix these problems first then address the result of these problems.

        • Crazy Lady says:

          Exactly! Ignoring the Law is how we got to this devastating situation.

          Adding a law that makes it legal just because you were here over 5 years is ridiculous.

          The longer you evade the law the more legal you are.

            • tj1976 says:

              Enforce the laws that we now have. If any employer hires an illegal, fine him. Go to Canada or Mexico and try working w/o the proper papers, you won’t. Why won’t this country enforce the dam laws that we have?? If they’re caught driving w/o a license, do to them what they’d do to you and me, arrest them. Then turn them in to immigration.
              If illegals can’t work to support their families, they’ll find their way back home just like they found their way here. We didn’t bus them here. We won’t need buses or thousands of police officers to have them leave either, which is a BS argument.

    • John Konop says:

      In all due respect, the concept of stopping a 100% of illegal crossings before dealing with issue is disingenuous at best. It would be like saying, I am not doing anymore road improvements until 100% of people stop speeding. Most people want enhanced security at the boarder….by doing nothing we make that problem harder….The GOP could put in many rules to help with security.

      We need a mind set of being here is a privilege not a right:

      1) We could force immigrants to be paid on pre-paid or credit card product to make sure they are paying taxes, insurance…..It would also help in tracing movements of them if we had security issues….If we mandated they be paid this way not only would it stimulate our economy…very simple people could just bank transfer, check, ach….now we would know how much they make….

      2) We could fix the temporary work visa issue for farm workers ie lowering illegal crossings….

      3) We could mandate proper insurance the most expensive part of entitlements for non citizen immigrants…

      4) We could mandate payroll taxes off the cards issued…..and increase eligibility rules…

      5) We could base citizenship on serving in military or higher level education completion based on needed job skills…

      The above would lower the cost of boarder security by fixing core problems driving it and lack of monitoring controls…

      • gcp says:

        Do you remember what occurred this summer when we had the most recent influx? Do you think just maybe it was a result of Obama’s first executive order?

        We tried the legalization first method with Reagan. It don’t work.

        • benevolus says:

          Hard to make that connection. Was the drop in immigration in 2010-2011 due to some policy change? It seems more likely it was just the economy, or maybe conditions south of the border.
          Anyway, go after the employers who are illegally hiring these folks and your problem pretty much goes away, don’t you think?

          • gcp says:

            I make the connection. The first DACA was 2012. The surge (mainly central Americans) started at the end of 2013 and continued into 2014. If they were only fleeing violence in their home countries they would have stopped in Mexico and stayed, but instead they continued to the US.

            I do agree that a few years of a poor economy did slow the number of illegals. I also agree on increased workplace/employer enforcement but with the exception of the I-9 form, workplace enforcement has stopped under this administration.

            Once again I would allow some to stay (with strict requirements) but only after illegal immigration at the border is greatly reduced.

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