Some Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities, but at least an estimated 30 million support the values that this country was built on.
The poll shows that there is public support to strengthen the Federal reach into sanctuary cities.
A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 20 percent of voters say local authorities should not have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with.
The Harvard–Harris Poll survey found strong support for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, with 77 percent saying they support comprehensive immigration reform against only 23 percent who oppose.
“While there is broad support for comprehensive immigration reform, there is overwhelming opposition to sanctuary cities,” said Harvard–Harris co-director Mark Penn. “The public wants honest immigrants treated fairly and those who commit crimes deported and that’s very clear from the data.”
The finding is one of several in the survey that show Trump has support for some of the controversial immigration proposals that were a hallmark of his campaign.
The wall is the most divisive element of Trump’s plan, with 53 percent opposing its construction.
Meanwhile, 53 percent of voters surveyed said they back Trump’s travel ban, which was rejected by the courts. That order temporarily suspended the United States’ refugee program for 120 days, indefinitely suspended resettlement for Syrian refugees and imposed a 90-day travel and immigration ban from seven predominately Muslim nations: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia.