President Obama’s new DREAM relief policy would allow undocumented youth who qualify to request temporary relief from deportation, making them eligible to receive work permits and a social security number.
Majority of Americans Want Real Reform
by Support on 11/30/2009
Among Americans, Support for Earned Legalization Is High
- A May 2009 poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that support for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants has risen from 58% in 2007 to 63% in 2009.
- 61% of respondents to a March 2009 telephone survey conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News supported giving undocumented immigrants the right to live in the U.S. “if they pay a fine and meet other requirements.” In 2007, roughly 49% of people supported giving undocumented immigrants the right to live in the country; that number has grown by 12% over two years. 59% of Republicans support this position, up from 42% in 2007, while 68% of Democrats expressed their support, up from 59% in 2007.
- According to a May 2009 poll of 1,000 likely voters conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group (BSG), support for comprehensive immigration reform has remained stable and strong since a previous poll taken in November 2008. Both polls show that about 68% of voters support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants that would require them to register, meet certain conditions, and become legal taxpayers.
- In the same poll, an overwhelming majority of voters—71 percent—believe that we would be better off if undocumented immigrants took steps to become legal taxpayers rather than being deported. Only 26% of voters believe that deportation would be better for Americans than legalization.
Majorities of Independents and Republicans Also Favor Comprehensive Immigration Reform
- The May 2009 BSG poll showed bipartisan support for comprehensive reform. 62% of Republicans, 63% of Independents and 67% of Democrats support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
- The March 2009 Washington Post survey showed strong support for legalization of undocumented immigrants across all political affiliations. The number of Democrats supporting the program increased from 59% in 2007 to 68% in 2009, while the number of Republicans who expressed support jumped from 42% in 2007 to 59% in 2009. In the 2009 poll, 59% of Independents also said they would support the program.
Americans Believe That the Status Quo Is Unacceptable, and Congress Must Fix Our Broken Immigration System
- 75% of respondents to the May 2009 BSG poll believe Congress should tackle immigration reform in 2009. 57% of respondents said that the poor economy makes it more crucial that Congress address immigration reform, as opposed to the 39% who believed it was not the right time. In general, voters support a Member of Congress willing to tackle immigration more than one who will not.
- According to polls of voters conducted by Lake Research Partners and BSG after the 2008 election, 46% believed enacting immigration reform was a high priority. Only 15% of voters considered it a low priority, while 37% said it was medium.
Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Mass Deportation and Enforcement-Only Policies
- A CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted in October 2009 found that only 37 percent of respondents wanted to see all illegal immigrants deported.
- A May 2009 BSG poll indicates that only 20% of voters believed that those undocumented should be required to leave; 10% believe that they should be allowed to stay temporarily.
- According to the BSG/Lake Research Partners November 2008 post-election poll, voters preferred a comprehensive approach to immigration reform over enforcement of current legislation by a 27% margin.
With Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in the news, the following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: “Senator Bob Menendez is a leader who I have worked with on immigration reform […]
Al parecer, para 2016 los republicanos intentarán ignorar el consejo del encuestador Whit Ayres: los votantes latinos y la reforma migratoria; a punto de repetir los errores de 2012 Washington, DC – Ayer, Whit Ayres, […]
Yesterday, Republican pollster and likely Marco Rubio presidential pollster Whit Ayres made a compelling case for why the GOP needs to improve its standing with Latino voters in order to win in 2016. However, despite […]
Dozens of DREAMers ended their week-long hunger strike late yesterday evening after Governor Andrew Cuomo finalized the New York state budget without the inclusion of the DREAM Act. The New York Immigration Coalition, one of […]
Bloomberg: Wary Immigrants Scarce as Activists Pave Way for Obama’s Order By Esme E. Deprez Huffington Post: Labor Leader: ‘We Will Not Stop’ Fighting For Immigration Reform By Elise Foley USA Today: AFL-CIO launches effort […]
The Center For American Progress released a report today on the need for further access to affordable, higher education for undocumented students. In January, President Obama announced his “America’s College Promise” plan to assist youth […]
An important new story from Dara Lind at Vox captures the disconnect between written directives from DHS and the implementation of said directives by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Looking at the case of Pastor Max Villatoro and its implications, Lind explores […]
AP: U.S. Appeals Judge’s Hold On President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action NBC News: U.S. Files Appeal of Texas Judge’s Hold on Immigration Action Vox: The government can’t enforce every law. Who gets to decide which […]
Washington, DC – El más reciente intento del gobernador Scott Walker de aclarar su confusa y contradictoria posición en el tema migratorio, en realidad lo perjudica, no lo ayuda, tanto en los terrenos político como […]
Can simply being Latino be enough to help Ted Cruz win over Latino voters in 2016? According to La Opinion – the most-read Spanish-language daily in the nation — probably not: Cruz’s chances to win […]
Gov. Scott Walker’s latest attempt to clarify his muddled and contradictory immigration stance actually hurts, not helps, him – on both policy and political grounds. In case you’ve missed Walker’s dizzying reversals on immigration: after […]