The Obama Administration is continuing to feel the heat over its decision to challenge the Arizona immigration law — a move making immigration a rallying cry for the November elections. With polls showing that citizens oppose the federal lawsuit two to one and that over sixty percent want similar laws in their own states, some Democrats are complaining that the Administration has put a nail in their political coffins. The level of anger on the issue is reflected by the astonishing level of financial support donated to Arizona: roughly $500,000 to pay for the state to fight the federal lawsuit.
Most donations are $100 or less but they appear to be pouring in. The controversy is also helping Gov. Jan Brewer in her reelection bid and hurting candidates like Majority Leader Harry Reid in nearby Nevada. Obama’s polling numbers continue to fall. Only 26% now strongly support him in the most recent poll while 54% disapprove of his performance in office. The key independent voter block is the most worrisome for the White House. In the latest Gallup poll, only 38% of independents now support Obama.
Despite these numbers and the opposition to the immigration policies, the Administration has been accused of pushing for a general amnesty for illegal immigrants.
I recently explored the immigration issue in the context of other unpopular policies recently in this column.