George W. Bush doesn’t think immigration restriction is a winning issue.
“The government receives negative ratings for how it has handled the situation at the border. About two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) say that the government is doing a very (33%) or somewhat (35%) bad job of dealing with the increased number of people seeking asylum at the country’s southern border, while fewer than half as many (29%) say it is doing a very or somewhat good job. …
However, majorities in both parties say the government has done a bad job of dealing with the influx of asylum seekers at the border: 86% of Republicans rate the government’s performance negatively, as do 56% of Democrats. …”
72% of Republican voters think illegal immigration is a very big problem. The polls continue to show it has become their top issue.
51% of Republican voters now say that illegal aliens should not be allowed to stay in the country. The polls have flipped on the issue as support for amnesty has evaporated.
92% of Republican voters want to decrease the number of asylum seekers coming here. 68% of Democrats want to reduce the numbers. Progressive activists are isolated on the issue.
46% of Republican voters want to deport illegal aliens. The nativists are now the largest faction inside the party while only 26% of Republicans support a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. This is another recent change. This poll might even be understating the strength of the “deport them all” faction.
Can you spot the extremist?
What is the difference these days between the “far right” position on immigration and the “mainstream” position on immigration? It is people like George W. Bush who are the minority now.
In 2017, 61% of Republican voters thought that illegal aliens should be allowed to stay in the United States whether it was through a path to citizenship or permanent residency. This was the the height of the Alt-Right surge. Today, only 48% of Republican voters think they should be allowed to stay, which is another indicator that White racial attitudes are hardening.
Note: We have seen a similar decline in Republican support for gun control.