Poll: Amer­i­cans sup­port Trump-backed bill

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

Amer­i­cans gen­er­ally fa­vor a more se­lec­tive le­gal im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem that would re­ward those who speak English and those who bring de­sired skills to the U.S., ac­cord­ing to a new poll re­leased Wed­nes­day that could boost the new im­mi­gra­tion bill Pres­i­dent Trump is back­ing.

The Morn­ing Con­sult/Politico poll found 62 per­cent sup­port for giv­ing would-be im­mi­grants who can speak English a leg up, and found 61 per­cent sup­port for cre­at­ing a point-based sys­tem to se­lect new em­ployer-based im­mi­grants.

Some 54 per­cent also want the gov­ern­ment to weigh an im­mi­grant’s need for tax­payer as­sis­tance in de­cid­ing whether to ad­mit some­one.

Cutting the ac­tual to­tal num­ber of le­gal im­mi­grants from 1.1 mil­lion a year to about 500,000 a year is more con­tro­ver­sial, with a plu­ral­ity of 48 per­cent sup­port­ing it and 39 per­cent op­pos­ing it.

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