The recent push by a group of Republican senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and others like Senators James Lankford, John Thune, and Mitt Romney, to increase legal immigration levels in the United States by 50,000 green card admissions annually is increasingly seen as an out-of-touch move, isolated from the core values and desires of the Republican base. This move is a stark contrast to the clear message that has been resonating among likely Republican voters for years: the desire for reduced, not increased, legal immigration levels.
It’s baffling to see these senators, who are supposed to represent the interests of their constituents, blatantly ignore the wishes of the majority of Republican voters. According to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, a whopping 65% of Republican voters prefer cutting down current legal immigration levels to at least 750,000 admissions a year. Furthermore, half of these voters advocate for a more than 50% reduction. These figures should be a wake-up call for these senators, who seem to be playing into the hands of big businesses and special interest groups rather than listening to the people.
The opposition to chain migration is also significant among Republican voters, with 72% disapproving of this policy. It’s a clear indication that Americans are looking for immigration policies that prioritize the nation’s needs and the well-being of its citizens, rather than just serving as a tool for unchecked family reunification or catering to the labor demands of corporations.
The data from the Census Bureau, projecting a staggering 400 million U.S. population by 2060 due to immigration, should be a cause for serious reflection and action. Yet, these Republican senators seem to be turning a blind eye to the long-term consequences of their actions. The majority of Republican voters, according to the survey, are calling for a slowdown or a complete halt to this immigration-driven population growth.
The disconnect between these Republican senators and their voter base is glaring and deeply concerning. Their pursuit of increased legal immigration is not only out of sync with the Republican electorate but also poses a risk to the party’s integrity and the nation’s future. It’s high time they realign their policies with the wishes of their constituents, who are clearly calling for a more controlled and rational approach to immigration.