Politics

Laura Ingraham Tries To Spear Eric Cantor

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

In the United Kingdom’s elections last month for county and European legislative seats, UKIP caused a political earthquake by out-polling the long established left-wing and right-wing parties.

In the United States, “there are a lot of people on the left who are coming to the view that the hope of increased wages in the country will not be met if you keep having an influx of [foreign] workers,” she said.

Given the unpopularity of the business-backed push for more foreign workers, Cantor’s “silence is extremely telling — he’s Obama’s choice for the the seventh district of Virginia,” she said.

Ingraham’s support for American workers — whether they are male or female, white, black, brown, native-born or immigrant — makes her almost alone among professional journalists.

Most journalists covering the immigration beat support the arrival of more blue-collar workers for labor-intensive services, such as home-cleaning, dry cleaning, landscaping and the many restaurants that service the professional class. Few reporters describe the push by business groups to hire more foreign professionals, even though many of their fellow professionals’ salaries would be dragged down by a greater supply of foreign graduates.

“The media simply will not report the facts,” she said. Mass immigration increases violent crime and gang activity, and lower wages, but most reporters “are just being completely dishonest about it.”

Whatever her contribution, there’s less and less public support for any bill that would bring in more foreign workers.

Since last year, public opinion — and especially opinion among GOP-friendly voters — has moved steadily against the immigration increases sought by progressives and the Chamber.

A new June 1 Washington Post poll of 1,002 adults showed that 35 percent of adults, 59 percent of conservatives, and 27 percent of “moderate” adults “strongly” oppose Obama’s immigration policies, despite the almost-uniformly complimentary press coverage.

In contrast, only 17 percent of adults, 15 percent of moderates, and 11 percent of conservatives strongly support his rarely explained policies, the poll reported.

That’s significantly lower than in February 2013, when D.C. elites were united in declaring that Republicans have to endorse an amnesty or else see perpetual reruns of Mitt Romney’s 2012 defeat.

A CNN poll taken over the same period shows that 61 percent of adults oppose Obama’s immigration policies, while only 35 percent support them. Back in April 2013, a mere 50 percent of adults opposed his policies.

Obama’s immigration-boosting policies are opposed by 66 percent of adults without college degrees, 67 percent of political independents, 58 percent of adults in the mid-west, 63 percent of people who earn less than $50,000 a year, 54 percent of younger voters, 55 percent of women, 45 percent of non-whites, and 57 percent of adults in suburbia, according to the CNN poll.

But his policies are supported by 28 percent of independents, 39 percent of women, 38 percent of college grads, and 40 percent of urban adults, said the poll.

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