The immigration debate has revealed a bipartisan tone deafness on the part of Democrats and establishment Republicans. Tea Party turncoats Marco Rubio, Jeff Flake, and Kelly Ayotte who perceive the noblest duty of government as providing cheap labor to Silicon Valley, the Business Roundtable and Chamber of Commerce have stressed the need to to expand the Republican Party by attracting political independents who would presumably flock to the Republican Party in droves if only the House would pass the Obama backed Gang of 8 Senate bill that would result in the eventual legal migration of 30 million low skilled, frequently overweight, frequently drug gang affiliated immigrants from Mexico and Latin America.
But have they bothered to ask the independents how they feel about their glorious immigration reform? Of course not. They may want to ask Eric Cantor while he is still in town to expound upon the risks of talking when one should be listening. Gallup did ask the independents and the rest of America how they felt about immigration and only 23% of them want more immigration. Overall just 22% of voters would increase immigration while 41% would decrease it.
Even among Democrats there is more sympathy for cutting immigration than expanding it.