Immigration: Lack of Importance in Presidency

Source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/158834/economy-entitlements-iran-americans-top-priorities.aspx

In thinking about public opinion surrounding the issue of immigration, it appears as though there is not a sense of urgency for immigration reform. While Americans do acknowledge that there are insufficient laws in place regarding immigration, they do not view it as a top priority for Barack Obama to attend to in his second term of presidency. In a poll conducted right after the election by Gallup in November of 2012, Americans were asked the following question: “How important it is that President Obama provides a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants living in the U.S.?” In response, 37% said that this is extremely/very important, 33% said that this is somewhat important, and 29% said that this is not too/not at all important. Thus, it appears as though immigration reform is not a major concern for Americans. In fact, on a list of twelve different issues, immigration reform ranked as number eleven in importance.

On a similar topic, 67% of Americans said that it was extremely/very important that President Obama stop illegal immigration into the U.S., whereas only 14% said that it is not too/not at all important. While this issue still only ranked number eight out of twelve, it was still a higher priority than that regarding immigration reform. Why is it that Americans feel the need to stop illegal immigration altogether rather than finding a path to citizenship for these illegal immigrants?  I wonder if it is simply out of fear, laziness, or a combination of the two.

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One response to “Immigration: Lack of Importance in Presidency

  • kaehart

    How would President Obama respond to the issue of immigration being ranked so low in importance? What can President Obama do to frame the issue of immigration to our country as something that is important and in need of reform?

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