Photo: Immigration Poll NBC/WSJ
A poll released today by NBC/Wall Street Journal shows the growing acceptance to grant a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented in the country.
The poll has 64 percent of Americans supporting some sort of path to citizenship. When the poll numbers are broken down further, it shows that 82 percent of Latinos polled support citizenship while only 47 percent of Republicans support it.
In actuality the poll shows that a majority of Republicans (51%) oppose a path to citizenship for the undocumented but some come around if there are fines, back tax payments and criminal background checks required.
Individuals in support of a path to citizenship are in agreement with granting citizenship even though most do not believe the U.S.-Mexico border is either “totally” or “mostly” secure.
The bipartisan group of U.S. Senators known as the ‘Gang of Eight’ is expected to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill today. While individuals polled support a five-year wait for citizenship, it is expected that the bill introduced will ask for double that time before citizenship is granted.