Immigrant decision gets muted reaction

Could signal shift in GOP

Seth McLaughlin and Ralph Z. Hallow
The Washington Times

…Mr. Romney did not, as some GOP operatives privately hoped, try to pound home a claim that the president’s order is illegal and violates the Constitution.

Romney advisers think that would needlessly restrict his actions once in the Oval Office and is unnecessary at this point in the campaign. For the first time in many decades, more voters say that deciding what to do with illegals already here is more important than border security, and a recent Gallup poll found that only 2 percent of likely voters list immigration as an important issue this election year, down 17 percentage points from a similar Gallup survey in 2006.

In addition, a Bloomberg News poll released Tuesday showed that voters liked Mr. Obama’s move by a margin of more than 2-1. The telephone survey of 734 likely voters, taken from Friday to Monday and with an error margin of 3.6 percentage points, showed 64 percent of respondents favoring the president’s order, 30 percent opposing and 6 percent saying they were not sure.

But even the most outspoken interest groups promoting border security and enforcement of the laws against illegal immigrants say they do not rule out some compromise short of mass deportation for illegal immigrants and their children…

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