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Latino Daily News

Tuesday February 18, 2014

GALLUP POLL:  More Americans View Dealing with Undocumented More Important than Border Security

More Americans every day believe that resolving the immigration status of the undocumented is more important than strengthening border security.

The change of mentality has undoubtedly been influenced by the campaigning of pro-immigrant organizations, Salvador G. Sarmiento, national campaign coordinator for legislative affairs at the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, told Efe.

“It’s because of the courage, the work and efforts of immigrant labor…of the hard-working people, the many undocumented people who have risked their lives for what they have been able to achieve in this country,” he said.

He said the policies of President Barack Obama’s administration have generated an outpouring of protests across the country, yet at the same time U.S. society has been changing its point of view.

According to results of a new Gallup Poll released Monday, there are now more people who think the No. 1 priority in the process of immigration reform should be to answer the needs of the undocumented.

Some 44 percent considered it “extremely important” for the United States to develop a plan that helps the more than 11 million people living in the country without papers, compared with 34 percent who thought that way in 2006.

At the same time, 43 percent said bolstering border security was extremely important, down from 53 percent in 2011.

“We in the National Day Laborers Organizing Network believe this is a growing consensus. People deserve inclusion and the immigrant population shouldn’t have to wait to be included,” Sarmiento said.

However, the immigration issue shows little chance of being resolved during this electoral year because of the resistance of a sector of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives to consider the bipartisan reform bill passed by the Senate last June.

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