When asked to identify problems they worry about, Gallup pollsters in January recorded 3 percent of the American population ranked it a subject of top concern. Asked about it individually, Americans say they want it reduced, are dissatisfied with Bush and Congress on how it deals with immigration etc. That does suggest a political opening for restrictionists, who could capitalize on that. Except for this, which is the point I began with and will end on: When politicians stay quiet about an issue, there’s good reason. Politicians think immigration restriction is not a winning issue for them. And considering that George W. Bush won by 3 million votes AND received 40 percent of the Hispanic vote, his refusal to embrace the restrictionist cause was a politically savvy choice on his part, at least.
Once again, though, I have to count myself amused that yet another person from the British isles is making a federal case out of immigration restriction.