Poll Reveals Louisianans Strongly Opposed to Senate Immigration Bill

Fri Jun 7, 2013 9:00am EDT

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Poll Reveals Louisianans Strongly Opposed to Senate Immigration Bill

Landrieu, Vitter Must Respect the Will of the Voters, Says FAIR

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WASHINGTON, June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A statewide poll of likely Louisiana voters finds strong opposition to a bill before the U.S. Senate that would grant amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens and dramatically increase overall immigration to the United States. According to the poll, 61 percent of Louisiana voters oppose S.744, the Gang of Eight immigration bill – including 36 percent who said they are "strongly opposed." Only 28 percent of voters indicated that they support the bill and only 7 percent said they "strongly support" it.

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The poll of 500 likely voters was conducted on June 3 by the national polling firm Pulse Opinion Research on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The poll has a margin of error of +/-4.5 percent.

In addition to widespread opposition to the legislation generally, the poll asked Louisianans to register their opinions on specific provisions of bill. The poll found:

  • 57% oppose granting legal status to illegal aliens before a border security plan is fully implemented, and 29% of voters oppose granting amnesty under any circumstance.
  • 73% oppose the discretionary authority given to DHS to legalize aliens with criminal records or gang affiliations, including 55% who "strongly oppose" those provisions.
  • 61% oppose provisions in the bill that would significantly increase overall immigration to the U.S., including 42% who are "strongly opposed."
  • 81% oppose the increases in guest workers authorized under the bill, including 56% who said the increases are "much too high."

"The Gang of Eight immigration bill about to be debated in the Senate has almost no support among the people of Louisiana, for very good reasons," observed Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "There is virtually nothing in the bill that would benefit Louisiana workers or taxpayers.

"It is clear that Louisianans overwhelmingly reject the Senate's plan to grant unconditional amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and flood U.S. labor markets with millions of new foreign workers, while offering the American people worthless promises on border security and immigration enforcement," Stein continued.

"Louisiana lawmakers need to understand that their constituents are watching this debate and that they expect their representatives to defend their interests against efforts to undermine their economic security and the security of the nation. It could not be clearer: Louisiana voters strongly oppose almost every provision of S.744," Stein concluded.

The results of the poll of Louisiana voters, including the questions asked, can be found at www.fairus.org.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, nonprofit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest.

Visit FAIR's website at www.fairus.org.

SOURCE FAIR

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