Seven in Ten Floridians Back Rubio-Led Immigration Reform, Poll Finds

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As the Senate wrangles over a compromise immigration reform bill -- pushed in large part by our own Marco Rubio -- a new poll suggests a huge majority of Floridians are eager to see any path to citizenship opened for immigrants.

The poll finds 71 percent of Floridians back the reform, including a 71-22 percent split among Republican voters. Of course, the poll may not have sampled Hispanics particularly well and did paint a rosy picture of the legislation.

Still, the survey -- conducted jointly by liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling and GOP-favored Harper Polling -- suggests bipartisan support across 29 states for the bills moving through Washington.

"The bill that's been constructed has broad support with every segment of the electorate in every part of the country," Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling's head, tells Politico.

In Florida, the pollsters sampled 500 voters and found across-the-board backing for the bills, which do open a path to citizenship but require immigrants to learn English and wait, in some cases, more than a decade for their chance.

Rubio has helped craft some of the strictest restrictions on the bill, including a hard stand against any kind of benefits for gay spouses.

Still, the poll found Democrats backing the measure as well as Hispanics, who favored it by 59 percent, the Herald reports.

Of course, it's worth noting that the polls used robo-calls -- which often oversample old voters who are home to answer the phone. That leads to a conservative tilt, as Marc Caputo notes and tends to oversample Cuban voters, who traditionally back much stricter immigration rules than other Hispanics.

Either way, the results could help shepherd the legislation through Congress and will be a big boost to Rubio, whose political fortunes seem to rest on whether he can cast himself as the GOP's great immigration-reforming hope.

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It’s very hard to locate financial information about the costs of illegal immigration on taxpayers, whether intentional or not the dollar figures are scary as it is? The cost of illegal immigration to the American taxpayer in 1997 was a NET (after subtracting taxes immigrants pay) $70 BILLION a year, [Professor Donald Huddle, Rice University].

Over 2/3's of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal whose births were paid for by taxpayers. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal. Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops but 29% are on welfare. See THE CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES.

There is a lot more research at the SNOPES website, under illegal aliens that you might want to see?

The best example of illegal migrant/ visa overstay illegal immigrants is the crisis city and county of Los Angeles, where few public servants fear to admit the obvious. Only the County Supervisor Antonovich is determined to unlock the mind numbing costs to foreign nationals who very few will rise to a productive existence, because they are minus a higher education than 8th grade if they were lucky, specifically those who arrive illegally via the insecure border region. The overstay-s may be set apart as they arrive here by plane, by ferry, by ship with a decision to ignore the law and remain after their visa becomes persona non grata have at least a GED, because they paid for the transportation, from wherever they came? They arrive here as tourist or some other proverbial visitor or even a new scholar, so that is why the SENATE Bill 477 must adopt the ENTRY & EXIT ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM.

Additionally several other TRIGGERS must be incorporated if this law is going to find passage in the Congressional House and that must be the Double Layer Fencing. Right from the beginning of the Senate sliced away at the amendments that would illustrate that the PEOPLE’S WILL that would be strictly imposed. And that was 700 miles, of two high rise fences, running parallel to each other, with fast all-weather track in between for Border Patrol vehicles. Chris Crane union leader of ICE wanted to testify that the border was not secure, as Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano had misled on many occasions. Many landowners had come as witnesses, to denounce that the border was still overrun with armed human drug pack mules, contraband and large movements of illegal alien. Crane from the ICE Council was denied the chance to express how dangerous the border region still is, and that agents trod on treacherous ground each day.

It is well broadcast throughout the world, that pregnant females who can reach our terra firma, can live of the taxpayers for years to come. The programs are there and any illegal female ready to deliver know that unborn child or the ones that come after, are a cash package and it is unlikely they will be deported. Just read the report beneath and then you should check your state of costs. It might be elusive, because state assemblies run by the Liberal Democrats want to keep the fiscal costs secret. California one of the 50 states that provide some indications of expenditures has exploded.



  • Rasmussen Polling Report, April 2009
    • 66% of likely voters nationwide agreed it was "Very Important" for the government to improve America's border security and to reduce illegal immigration.

Mike Antonovich: Welfare to Undocumented Jumps to $54 Million

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services reported that over $54 million in welfare benefits were issued to undocumented immigrant parents in March, according to figures released by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich's office.

This follows the recent University of Southern California study indicating that 1-in-10 Los Angeles County residents are an undocumented immigrant.

The $54 million includes over $19 million in CalWORKs (welfare) payments and nearly $35 million in food stamps, representing 20% of all CalWORKs and food stamp issuances in the county.

At that rate, the projected annual cost for 2013 is approximately $650 million, an increase of $25 million compared with last year.

These numbers will continue to rise as, according to the USC study, one in five children in Los Angeles County has at least one parent who is in the country illegally.

“With the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year,” said Antonovich.  “These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.”

Nearly half of the county’s illegal immigrants lack a high school diploma, and 60 percent do not speak English well, according to the USC study.

They're not going to slip anything past the American People as in 1986. Although with the Senate advancing the Gang of Eight immigration bill to the floor we've got serious work to do? New York Senator Chuck Schumer thinks "Illegal immigration will be a thing of the past!" His bill is going to solve it all? Well, I've got news Schumer: No, it's not. By dismissing the majority of the major TRIGGERS, S.477 is worse than law signed into action 27 years ago. Folks we need to slam DC with a "NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS! DOWN WITH THIS DE FACTO AMNESTY BILL!" Contact by phone Senators and the House Representatives, either State or Federal at toll-free -- 1-888-978-3094—or you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A terminal operator will connect you directly with the Senate office or just about anybody in Congress you request. A few well-meaning Senators who can be trusted are Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Ron Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Coats and a few more, who are heading the list that are fighting for American sovereignty and our rights.

33 million new illegal’s on our backs, digging into welfare, food stamps and social security as they overrun our schools, hospitals and jails will be a death sentence to America. Our borders need to be locked down tight—despite Sen. Schumer dismissing border security as "not pressing." He ought to be thrown out. Meanwhile, Virginia Democrat Senator Tim Kaine delivered his amnesty plea on the Senate floor—IN SPANISH, when a new provision is learning English. Could they possibly pander any more to illegals? Clearly, this is all about grabbing votes for Democrats, nor are Republicans without fault, playing up to the wealthy Special Interest lobby.

drakemallard topcommenter

Marco Rubio and  Mario Diaz-Balart,leana Ros-Lehtinen. ted cruz/other cubans have credibility on immigration issues when they advocates that immigrants from other countries are treated the same as those from their homeland – Cuba. So either grant automatic legal status as soon as they set foot on American soil, or make Cubans go through the same process as any other immigrant. Until then, just another hypocrite.

 Why do the pro illegal natural assume all illegal are Hispanics ?

there is a difference between Illegal and Legal immigration.  All sides of the immigration debate need to recognize that distinction in order to hold productive debate.

other vs. Cubans: Is There A Double Standard On Illegal Aliens?

Seems like a double standard. If you come from Cuba you are granted automatic residency, but if you come from other countries you need to have the proper documentation

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