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A new poll by USA Today/Pew Research shows Americans are conflicted about the proposed comprehensive immigration reform legislation that is being voted on by the Senate today.
An overwhelming majority of Americans, three of four, support granting the undocumented a path to citizenship viewing most of them as hardworking thereby deserving a chance to remain in the U.S. These same Americans also feel allowing the undocumented to stay would be a boost of U.S. economy.
At the same time, Americans polled fear passage of comprehensive immigration reform would encourage more illegal migration. There is also a fear that granting legal status to so many people would drain government services.
Michael Dimmock of the Pew Research Center noted the finds show “the level of internal conflict people feel over this policy realm.” “Both arguments have been made pretty persuasively at this point.”
USA Today identified the issue of when an undocumented can begin the path to citizenship as the most divisive question. USA Today said:
Half of those surveyed, 49%, say undocumented immigrants should be able to apply for legal status while border-security improvements are being made. Close to half, 43%, say the move to legal status should be delayed until after stricter border security is in place.
Other polls indicate that seven out of 10 Latinos say it is extremely or very important to them for immigration reform to pass this year. And nine out of 10 say there should be way to keep the undocumented here legally as long as certain requirements are met.
The poll shows that 76 percent of Americans want the undocumented to speak and understand English before applying for legal status.