Donald Trump and other would-be wall-builders are out of step with the American electorate, according to a new Gallup Poll. From Gallup:
Two in three U.S. adults favor a plan to allow immigrants who are living illegally in the U.S. to remain in the country and become citizens if they meet certain requirements over time. Far fewer support allowing those immigrants to remain in the U.S. to work for a limited period of time (14%), or to deport all of these immigrants back to their home countries (19%). U.S. adults' views have been largely stable over the past decade. …
U.S. adults' views on the best approach to take with illegal immigrants living in the U.S. differ based on their party identification. At 80%, Democrats overwhelmingly favor allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. and to have an opportunity to become citizens. Republicans are far less likely to support a path to citizenship, at 50%, but that is still the most common view among this group. Thirty-one percent of Republicans want to see all illegal immigrants deported, while 18% favor allowing them to stay for a limited time to work.
Deportation is not a winning electoral strategy. Trump's plan to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants is supported by just 19 percent of those surveyed.
Go here to read up on some brilliant analyses of the immigration issue by my Reason colleagues.
*If he hasn't yet, he will.