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Support for DREAMer Relief Sky High, Support for Path to Legal Status at New High and Latino Support for Obama at Record High
A set of new CNN polls show how the politics of immigration have shifted dramatically in favor of pro-immigrant policies and candidates.
According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director at America’s Voice, “The old conventional wisdom on immigration politics has been turned on its head. The old conventional wisdom held that standing up for immigrants serves to rally conservatives and backfire with swing voters. And it held that Latinos did not care enough, vote enough or count enough to compensate. But when 8 out of 10 Americans think the President did the right thing—or that he didn’t go far enough—when he made a bold move for undocumented youth, and 6 out of 10 Americans think the priority should be to get undocumented immigrants onto a path to legal status, and when 7 out 10 voters in the fastest growing demographic in the electorate favor the President who acted boldly for DREAMers over the candidate who promised to veto the DREAM Act, the new reality is on full display. Strong majorities back Obama’s move for DREAMers and a path to legal status for the undocumented. And Latinos are poised to be the difference in a number of battleground states, including Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida and Virginia. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has painted himself into a corner by tethering himself to the nativist wing of the GOP. Welcome to the new paradigm of immigration politics.”
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