- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2014

Fifty percent of voters in the country oppose President Obama’s recently-announced executive actions to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, and a majority thinks the president’s plan will actually attract more illegal immigrants into the country.

Forty percent of likely U.S. voters approve of Mr. Obama’s plan to allow nearly 5 million illegal immigrants in the country to apply for legal status and work permits, according to the Rasmussen poll

To qualify, a person must have been in the U.S. for at least five years and have a child who is either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident, and Mr. Obama also expanded a previous deferred action program for children so that any illegal immigrant brought to the country before the age of 16 can qualify.

Mr. Obama has said the GOP-controlled U.S. House’s failure to act on a Senate-passed bill that would have provided an eventual pathway to citizenship for most of the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants in the country forced his hand on the issue and that he’s acting within his constitutional authority as president.

Republicans, though, have hammered the move as an extralegal power grab and are weighing how to respond once a new GOP majority in the Senate is sworn in in January.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters from Nov. 22-23 has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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