Battleground voters, 2-1, back immigration pause to help unemployed Americans

Voters in 10 key battleground states support President Trump’s border closing during the coronavirus crisis to open jobs to unemployed Americans and block the importation of the virus, according to a new survey done for an immigration reform advocacy group.

In the poll for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which opposes illegal immigration, voters by a margin of about two-to-one embraced the administration’s pause on immigration while U.S. unemployment surges during the pandemic.

The voters in the states expected to decide the 2020 presidential race also opposed “amnesty” for younger illegals and back the president’s increased border security initiatives. The survey found that in none of the 10 states did support for granting amnesty to those in the United States under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals rise above 30%.

“The polling shows clear public support for immigration policy steps that the Trump administration must take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting economic and unemployment crisis,” said Dan Stein, president of FAIR.

“This poll of voters in the states that will most likely decide the election demonstrates clearly that the American public understands and supports the need to reduce the flow of people entering the country who will compete for jobs during this crisis and once the economy fully reopens,” he added.

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