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CNN Immigration Poll Redux: 2/3 Favor Legalization Over Deportation

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fuzzy mathHere’s the headline CNN put on a poll it released last week, which has already made the rounds on Lou Dobbs Tonight, and all the top immigration-restriction websites:

CNN Poll: 3 out of 4 want illegal immigration decreased

Sounds pretty tough on immigrants, right? Rough week for common-sense immigration reform? Actually, no. 

See, CNN asked whether Americans wanted more or less illegal immigration. Since both advocates and foes of comprehensive immigration reform agree that more illegal immigration would be undesirable, this question doesn’t say much.

Real reform means a streamlined immigration system that people go through and not around, as well as creating a pathway to legal status for the undocumented immigrants already living, working, and raising families in our country.

CNN could have just as easily released their poll with this headline:

CNN Poll: 2 of 3 Americans want immigrants legalized, not deported

Sounds a bit different, eh?