Gallup: Immigration Now Top Overall Problem

Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

New Gallup polling finds that Immigration is now considered the “most important problem” facing the U.S. In this July poll 27% identify immigration as the most important U.S. problem. That surpasses the record 22% naming immigration as the top problem in Gallup’s June polling:

 The issue edged out the government, which has been a fixture at or near the top of the list throughout the latter part of the Obama administration and the Trump administration.

Race relations or racism (7%) and healthcare (7%) are the only other two issues to receive as many as 5% of mentions this month.

There was the usual partisan divide with 42% of Republicans, 20% of independents and 20% of Democrats mentioning immigration as the nation’s top problem.

The poll was conducted July 1-12, 2019 and has a margin of sampling error of ±3%.

The Gallup polling comes as Democrats were warned that the Democrats’ open border policy cedes the “rule of law” ground to Republicans and creates “the false dichotomy of America as either a nation of immigrants or a nation of laws”—making the party and its candidates appear soft on enforcement. A note to the Liberal think tank the Center for American Progress, which issued the warning, it is not a false dichotomy. Nor is it just an appearance. Rather it is the direct product of the Socialist Democrats’ decision to support open borders and special benefits like free health care for illegal aliens.

The Liberal warning was issued as President Trump continues his efforts to reform the immigration system that is riddled with “major loopholes.” As president Trump said during his reelection campaign rally in North Carolina last Tuesday:

We’ve got to straighten out our immigration laws. You know, in a very short period of time, if the Democrats would give us a few votes, we could solve the immigration problem and it would be so great.

We almost accomplished immigration reform in 2006. Senate Republicans reached a compromise on the status of millions of illegals in the U.S. The compromise would have treated illegal aliens differently based upon the length of time they have been in the U.S. But According to the Associated Press and Eleanor Clift the Democrats, led by Sen. Schumer, wanted a political advantag0e more than they wanted immigration reform.