Rasmussen Reports released the results of a new poll on Tuesday, showing that a majority of Americans favor denying Federal funds to so-called “sanctuary” cities — cities that protect illegal aliens from the government.
The statement from Rasmussen said that, in a national telephone poll, “59 percent of likely U.S. voters favor a cutoff of federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities. Just 28 percent are opposed and 13 percent are not sure.”
The poll was taken in response to the unveiling of the “Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act” in the House on May 4. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Penn.), who presented the bill, says that it would slash funding for more than 100 cities.
“Local officials who choose not to enforce immigration laws are aiding illegal immigrants,” Barletta, quoted by POLITICO.com, said. “My bill makes sure that sanctuary cities no longer get Federal money as long as Federal officials ignore Federal law.”
The poll’s respondents are not, however, hopeful that Congress would actually follow through with such a measure. The statement said “only 29 percent of voters think Congress is even somewhat likely to agree to cut off funds to cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Twice as many, 55 percent say Congress is unlikely to take such an action.”