CNN Poll: Americans Largely Disapprove of Obama on Immigration

A CNN poll released on Monday shows that a majority of Americans disagree with the way President Barack Obama is handling illegal immigration.

Fifty percent of Americans disapprove of the way President Obama is handling immigration reform, while only forty-four percent approve. Six percent of Americans are unsure.

While the majority of Americans still disapprove of the way the president is dealing with immigration issues, the fifty percent disapproval rating on this issue is an improvement for Obama since the beginning of his administration. In late October and early November 2009, fifty-eight percent of Americans disapproved of Obama’s illegal immigration policies, a number that fluctuated around that point through the beginning of 2011.

Last summer, President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the administration was going to begin de facto amnesty to just under a million young illegal immigrants aged 15 to 30. Also, throughout the course of Obama’s presidency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have been prevented by political leadership from doing their jobs.

“The biggest reason we have 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S. right now is because we are not and have not been enforcing the laws we already have on the books,” ICE agent union president Chris Crane said on a reference call with reporters. “Currently, U.S. presidents and political appointees including the Secretary of DHS and director of ICE are all permitted to pick and choose which laws will be enforced and which ones won’t with regard to immigration law depending on their political agenda.”


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