POLL: More Than Half Of Californians Think Increasing Deportations Is Important

Chris White | Energy Reporter

More than half of Californians believe increasing deporting illegal aliens is important and believe black people “need to try harder” to get ahead, according to a survey published Wednesday at Haas Institute.

Haas’ survey revealed nearly 50 percent of Californians support a so-called “Muslim ban,” while another 59 percent told pollsters increasing deportations is important. About half of the respondents Haas surveyed believe black people need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

The survey, “California Survey on Othering and Belonging: Views on Identity, Race and Politics,” was conducted in December 2017 with 2,440 adult California residents. Haas, which describes itself as an institute for a fair and inclusive society, does not make the survey’s methods available.

Californians hold contradictory positions on a host of issues, some of the results reveal. For instance, 51 percent of respondents oppose banning people from Muslim countries from entering the U.S, while 49 percent support a ban. Democrats frequently paint California as a paragon of progressive values.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, for instance, set the state as the antithesis of President Donald Trump’s America. Brown plans to mobilize 400 National Guard troops to the border in compliance with orders from the White House, the governor announced Thursday.

His decision came after the Democratic governor distanced himself from an April 11 memo mandating troops be sent to the southern border. Brown would not provide troops over concerns they would provide too much direct support to immigration enforcement officials, the governor announced April 16.

Trump’s initial plan for the Guard deployment involves too much immigration-related work, California said, according to The Associated Press, which cited two U.S. officials with knowledge of the discussions.

California’s troops will not be allowed to repair vehicles, operate remote surveillance equipment, operate radios, or provide other “mission support” to border agents, the state informed federal officials.

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