Even on border security worries, GOP primary voters said their concerns would be reduced by "increases in border personnel and equipment (75 percent), and homeland security certification (68 percent)."
Seventy-one percent of respondents "support increasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country who have advanced skills in engineering, math, science, and technology."
And 56 percent "support increasing the number of legal immigrants who come here as guest workers filling lower-skill job openings in industries like agriculture and construction."
Lawmakers who listen only to the echo chamber risk being out of sync with their party's base.
GOP governors, who are most adept at reading their voters, get this.
It's why so many of them support immigration reform. (Another reason might be that immigration reform can add substantially to state coffers without raising taxes.)
The question is whether House Republicans are as keenly in touch with actual voters.
Rubin is a blogger for The Washington Post. This is excerpted from washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn.