MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS DEPORTED

-Reuters

More than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all
of the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported,
according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday that
highlights the difficulties facing lawmakers trying to reform the U.S.
immigration system.

The online survey shows resistance to easing immigration laws despite
the biggest push for reform in Congress since 2007.

Thirty percent of those polled think that most illegal immigrants,
with some exceptions, should be deported, while 23 percent believe all
illegal immigrants should be deported.

Only 5 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be allowed to
stay in the United States legally, and 31 percent want most illegal
immigrants to stay.

These results are in line with other polls in recent years, suggesting
that people’s views on immigration have not changed dramatically since
the immigration debate reignited in Congress last month, according to
Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.

“It’s not Americans’ views that are shifting. It is that the political
climate is ripe for this discussion,” after the November election when

Hispanics voted overwhelmingly in favor of Democratic President Barack
Obama, she said.

“Democrats feel that the time is right to capitalize on their wins and
s not Americans’ views that are shifting. It is that the political
climate is ripe for this discussion,” after the November election when

Hispanics voted overwhelmingly in favor of Democratic President Barack
Obama, she said.

“Democrats feel that the time is right to capitalize on their wins and
Republicans feel that they had a bad blow and are eager to reach out
to Hispanics,” she added.

Polls show that most Americans back immigration reform, although they
often have different ideas of what that means, with some people
favoring looser immigration laws while others want to see greater
border security.

A group of eight U.S. senators are working on a bipartisan deal to
enact immigration reform, the first major attempt since a similar
overhaul died in Congress six years ago.

The senators’ proposal calls for a full path to citizenship for
illegal immigrants once they pay back taxes and a fine and wait in
line behind others applying to become Americans.

A plan by Obama has similar provisions, but the senators want any move
to relax immigration laws dependant on boosting security on the
southern border.

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