July 09, 2010
Most Americans Oppose Obama’s Ariz. Lawsuit
In a major blow for the Obama Administration just months before the midterm elections, an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the federal government’s lawsuit against Arizona’s new immigration control law.
Most Americans, not only back Arizona’s measure, they support a similar bill aimed at restricting illegal immigration in their own state, according to a pair of national polls released this week. First a Rasmussen Reports survey divulged that 56% of Americans oppose the president’s lawsuit against Arizona while only 28% agree with it. In the same survey 61% of respondents said they would like to see a similar law in their state.
A separate poll, conducted by Gallup, says that 50% of all Americans are against Obama’s lawsuit while only 33% favor it. As one major newspaper report points out; with less than four months before his first midterm election, President Obama’s lawsuit against Arizona‘s new illegal immigrant law is running against a strong tide of American support for the measure.
None of this is surprising since practically every poll conducted after Arizona’s law passed in April has revealed that most Americans support the measure to curb illegal immigration. In one national survey 82% of Americans opposed a boycott of Arizona over the new law and in another a substantial majority said they want a decrease in illegal immigrants and more agents to secure the Mexican border.
None of this has stopped the president from wasting U.S. tax dollars to block a border state desperately trying to survive a crisis created, in part, by the federal government’s negligence. Modeled after the federal statute, Arizona’s law makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally, bans “sanctuary city” policies and allows local police to inquire about suspects’ immigration status.
That “unconstitutionally” interferes with federal immigration responsibilities, according to the Justice Department lawsuit filed on behalf of the Obama Administration this week. Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges that “Arizonans are understandably frustrated with illegal immigration” but “setting immigration policy and enforcing immigration laws is a national responsibility.” If only the feds would do their job.