Across five swing states, a majority of likely American voters say that they support ending the current system of legal immigration in the United States’ whereby over 1.2 million legal immigrants flood into the country each year, mainly because they have family members who are living in the country.
Zoby Analytics newest poll which was carried out by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) revealed that likely voters in Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ohio – all expected swing states in the 2020 presidential election – by a majority support putting an end to “chain migration” – a process which permits recently naturalized citizens to bring an unlimited number of foreign family members into the country to live.
Of all the legal immigration that comes into the country, about 70 percent of it is done through the process of chain migration. In the last decade alone, almost ten million legal immigrants have been allowed into the country via chain migration. Another eight million new foreign-born voters are anticipated to arrive by way of the same process over the next two decades.
But last month, President Trump proposed an overhaul of the current legal immigration that would seek to end the process of chain migration and exchange it with a strict process whereby foreign nationals seeking to immigrate to the country would be chosen based on their skill levels, ability to speak English, ability to support themselves financially, and on their knowledge of American civics.
During the speech, Trump said, “When we swear in new citizens, we do more than give them a permit, we give them a history, a heritage, a home, and a future of limitless possibilities and potential.”
Between 51 and more than 55 percent of likely voters in Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona said that fully support putting an end to chain migration and switching to a legal immigration system that’s based upon merit.
Conversely, only around 33 to 39.7 percent of likely voters in the same states said that they opposed putting an end to chain migration. Less than 33.5 percent of likely voters in Florida – a state with a substantial foreign-born population – said that they were against ending policies which allow chain migration.
Zogby Analytics also polled likely voters in Michigan – another swing state – where nearly half of those polled (49.5 percent) said that chain migration should be ended. Meanwhile, approximately four-in-ten likely voters in the state were opposed to ending chain migration.
The poll places the bulk of likely voters in swing states on Trump’s side in terms of wanting to end chain migration, and in conflict with Democrats like former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren who are currently leading the pack of Democratic presidential candidate hopefuls.
While serving as a Senator between 1989 and 2008, Biden either voted to increase chain migration or opposed ending chain migration to the United States.