- The Washington Times - Friday, July 25, 2014

Could the border crisis be a game changer for Republicans? Perhaps.

“Long gone, evidently, are the days when the late, great Sonny Bono, asked for his position on illegal immigration, answered: ‘My position? What do you mean, my position? It’s illegal.’ Still, I have never understood the claim that open borders is a winning political issue for the Democrats,” says Powerlineblog.com columnist John Hinderaker.

He cites a recent Rasmussen Reports poll revealing that 59 percent of likely U.S. voters say the primary focus of any new immigration legislation passed by Congress should be to send the distressed youngsters home as quickly as possible. About a quarter said they should remain in the U.S.

“If Republicans unite around the position that all or substantially all of the most recent wave of illegal entrants should be sent back to their home countries as soon as possible, it will give them a big boost as the election season begins to heat up,” Mr. Hinderaker advises.

But wait, there’s more.

“The number of voters who want to deport all illegal immigrants stands at a record 24 percent. That’s up from 18 percent in May and a low of 15 percent in January,” says Fox News polling analyst Dana Blanton. “Over half of voters - 56 percent - disapprove of how President Obama is dealing with the border crisis. That includes majorities of Republicans (84 percent) and independents (59 percent), as well as whites (60 percent) and Hispanics (58 percent).” The findings were released by the network on Thursday.

“I believe that if President Obama were to see firsthand what is really happening at a border spot like Arizona, he would understand the need to deploy the National Guard there immediately,” says Rep. David Schweikert.

The Arizona Republican recently introduced the Southwest Border Protection Act, which would deploy at least 10,000 National Guard personnel on the Southwest border region until “operation control” is achieved, he says.