To hear Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and others talk, you'd think that rascal, George W. Bush, along with those who support his comprehensive approach to immigration reform, were simply running roughshod over The American People, who adamantly oppose any path to citizenship for illegals already here.
Well, think again. Here's an interesting report from today's Houston Chronicle:
Despite vocal conservative opposition to any kind of amnesty for illegal immigrants, a large majority of likely Republican voters support a two-tier approach that strengthens enforcement while providing a path to citizenship, according to anew poll released Thursday.Oops.
I just don't understand it. Those pundits seemed so sure!
You can read all about the poll, which was done for the Manhattan Institute, here. There are lots of goodies for polling wonks.
A few more of the interesting paragraphs from the Chronicle story:
The Tarrance Group, a GOP polling firm, conducted the national survey of 800 registered, likely voters June 12-15 for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a conservative think tank.
Three-quarters of the voters favored a policy that reflects Senate legislation.
It would create a system that allows illegal immigrants to come forward, pay a fine and receive a temporary worker permit; and provide these temporary workers with a multi-year path to citizenship if they are put behind others who have applied before them, don't commit crimes, learn English and pay taxes. The proposal also calls for increasing border security and imposing tougher penalties on employers who hire illegal workers.
Forty-nine percent said they did not view this policy as amnesty, while 39 percent said it is amnesty.
Once again, we should call this what it is: A case in which the House GOP is catering to the arch-conservative GOP base. I understand the reasons for that approach, but let's not call it noble, and let's not paint people like Tom Tancredo and his new followers as courageous leaders who are especially attuned to the views of the public.
Look at the polling charts and graphs. If you are an open-minded person at all, you will see that the hard-line approach now carrying sway in the House is not what the American people want.