SPRINGFIELD - Protecting persons in the U.S. illegally over natural U.S. citizens is a concept that Americans are not happy their lawmakers are embracing, a new Rasmussen poll says.
Illinois Democrats embraced the sanctuary idea earlier this year when they passed legislation to restrict local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities, as did the only elected Republican - Governor Bruce Rauner.
The issue appears to be a touchy one Rauner's Republican Primary challenger Jeanne Ives will poke Thursday when she proposes a bill to repeal the state's new law, her campaign suggests.
Few voters agree with a San Francisco jury’s decision clearing an illegal immigrant repeat criminal of killing 32-year-old Kate Steinle, and there’s sizable support for punishing lawmakers who protect criminal illegals from federal immigration authorities.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 20% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the jury’s decision that Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was not guilty of murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon. Forty-nine percent (49%) disagree with that verdict, while 31% are undecided.