A new survey of immigrants shows that more than six in 10 agree with Donald Trump's call for "extreme vetting" of foreigners coming to America, and even more older immigrants back his plan to stop migration from terrorist nations until the U.S. comes up with a better vetting scheme.
The Morning Consult poll, which is in line with a few others showing that immigrants in the United States want newcomers to play by the rules, showed surprising support for Trump's two plans that have been attacked by liberals, the White House, and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The survey found that 61 percent of "immigrants, or children or grandchildren of immigrants," back Trump's proposal to have all foreigners take an ideological test when applying for a visa to make sure they share American values. Morning Consult said that percentage is "similar to the entire electorate."
The Republican's proposal to stop immigration terrorist nations is also supported by 60 percent of immigrants who responded to the online poll.
"Recent immigrants were less likely to back this temporary halt. Fifty-two percent expressed support, while 39 percent expressed opposition. Yet, at 68 percent, there was greater support among first generation immigrants than the entire electorate," said the poll analysis.
On other issues, 64 percent of immigrants also supported Trump's suggestion that he'd work with Russia to defeat ISIS.
About the only policy they disagree with Trump on is building the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. But, again, their numbers weren't far different than the general electorate.
Said Morning Consult: "Immigrants were slightly more likely to oppose Trump's border wall than the electorate as a whole. All voters were split at 43 percent on building the wall. Among recent immigrants, half said they opposed it. Almost half of first generation (46 percent) and second and third generation (48 percent) Americans also said they oppose it."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com