Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:01 PM
DonViejo (18,147 posts)
Poll: Most support letting working illegal immigrants stay in U.S.
Source: CBS News
As a bipartisan group of senators announced an agreement on immigration reform today, most Americans think illegal immigrants currently working in the United States should be allowed to stay either as guest workers or with the opportunity to become U.S. citizens.
A slim majority - 51 percent - thinks illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be able to stay and apply for citizenship; another 20 percent say they should stay but only as guest workers. A quarter of Americans think illegal immigrants now working here should be required to leave the country.
Nearly two in three Democrats support giving illegal immigrants the chance to stay and apply for citizenship, compared to a third of Republicans who back that approach. A majority of non-whites (67 percent) back citizenship for illegal immigrants working in the U.S., while fewer than half of whites (46 percent) support that. Younger Americans are also more likely than those who are older to think illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be allowed to apply for citizenship.
The percentage of Americans overall who would like to see illegal immigrants stay in the U.S. with the opportunity to become citizens is similar to what it was last fall, but it has risen 14 points since September 2011. Back then, 38 percent said illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be required to leave the country.
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Poll: Most support letting working illegal immigrants stay in U.S. (Original post)
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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:16 PM
pampango (24,098 posts)
1. Very partisan divide. republicans want them to leave by 36%-35%; Democrats - the opposite
they want them to stay by a whopping 66%-13% margin.
The poll is at: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-34222_162-57566217-10391739/poll-most-support-letting-working-illegal-immigrants-stay-in-u.s/?pageNum=2