More than 60 percent of voters in the midterm elections said that President Barack Obama has not been aggressive enough in enforcing immigration laws.
According to exit polling, approximately 69 percent of voters said that immigration is an important public policy issue, with 61 percent claiming that the President has not done enough to prevent illegal immigration. Only 4 percent of voters believe that the current administration is enforcing immigration laws too vigorously.
The survey was conducted by The Polling Company, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
"[The midterm] elections leave no doubt that the American people are deeply uncomfortable with the overall direction of the country," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "Exit polling indicates that President Obama's refusal to enforce immigration laws and the Democratic leadership's promotion of amnesty for illegal aliens are part of what led to [a] decisive vote of no-confidence."
Officials from the nonpartisan organization Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) believe that the elections — which resulted in big gains for the Republican party — reflect the nation's need to reform an out-of-control immigration policy. The group states that lax enforcement of workplace laws is allowing millions of undocumented individuals to work in the United States illegally.
Marilyn DeYoung, chairwoman of the board of CAPS, suggests that there should be a mandatory verification of the eligibility of workers and an increased security at U.S. borders. She hopes that the newly elected Congress will listen to the electorate and reject the "open-border and cheap labor lobbies that have dictated immigration policy."