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Big Majority Backs Pathway to Citizenship for Immigrants

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A new poll shows that the vast majority of Americans support common sense immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for current undocumented immigrants. The bipartisan poll found that 73 percent favored immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for aspiring citizens and that requires immigrants to pay taxes, holds employers accountable for hiring legal workers and prevents them from exploiting immigrant labor and improves border security.

The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling firm and Hart Research Associates, a Democratic firm, and sponsored by SEIU, America’s Voice Education Fund and National Immigration Forum.

Given a choice between deporting undocumented immigrants “because they are taking away jobs that Americans need” versus allowing them to become legal taxpayers, “so they pay their fair share and can work toward citizenship in the future,” 73 percent favored citizenship over deportation,

When asked directly about support for creating a path to full citizenship for immigrants versus temporary status, 87 percent of Americans said “it would be better to give people a chance to eventually earn citizenship at some point after they register for legal status, pass a background check, learn English and pay taxes. Support for citizenship was strong across party lines, with 83 percent of Republicans, 91 percent Democrats and 82 percent of Independents choosing full integration.    

Says Hart Research President Geoff Garin:

There is a clear message in these findings that Americans from across the political spectrum understand the need for broad-based immigration reform, and if Congress acts on a comprehensive plan the public is ready to support it.

Read more about the poll and its findings.  Learn how a pathway to citizenship pays dividends for immigrants and the economy and read our recent “10 Reasons All Workers Benefit from Fixing the Immigration System.”     

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