A new fact sheet from America’s Voice highlights the strong support for comprehensive immigration reform among Independent voters.

“President Obama’s remarks today at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast show, once again, that he has a sophisticated understanding of how the elements of comprehensive immigration reform work together to solve this problem. He gets that being both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws is necessary to create a legal immigration regime that works. While the President promised to enact reform during his presidency, he did not specify a timeline. This will no doubt fuel skeptics.

“The conclusion from this new poll is clear – the American people want their badly broken immigration system fixed, and a strong majority supports the principles of what has been called Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” said Simon Rosenberg of NDN, a progressive think-tank and advocacy organization. “Unlike many other issues in front of Congress this year, the legislative approach to immigration reform has broad bipartisan public support. The conditions for passage of a bill this year are very favorable – more favorable in fact than most other legislation being discussed in Washington today – and it is our hope that Congress heeds the call of the American people and finally takes significant action to fix our broken immigration system this year.”

Extremists in the anti-immigrant movement have become key mouthpieces in the race-based campaign against President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. They have dropped the pretense that their opposition to immigration is grounded in high-minded principles. Instead, they are revealing an ugliness that is as blatant as it is offensive. Just yesterday, former Rep. Tom Tancredo attacked Judge Sotomayor for being a member of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a mainstream civil rights organization with a 40 year old history, by saying it’s like a “Latino KKK.”

He states that “Deferring to people’s own pronunciation of their names should obviously be our first inclination, but there ought to be limits.” The piece was so ridiculous it earned instant fame in the netroots as the most inane and ridiculous criticism of Sotomayor to date, and earned him the dubious distinction of being named by MSNBC’s Keith Olberman as “The Worst Person in the World”.

“In the past, the conventional wisdom has been that a candidate’s support for comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship might drive away moderate and conservative voters. This poll demonstrates what the 2008 election demonstrated: these voters are tired of the politics of polarization and paralysis and want their leaders to step up and solve tough problems,” continued Sharry. “The political space for immigration reform has never been greater. Congress should move on this issue this year.”

“Senator Schumer is providing strong leadership on an issue whose time has come,” said Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice. “He is not deterred by the fact that there will always be opposition from hardliners to comprehensive immigration reform. But he gets what the majority of Americans get: if we as a nation are to significantly reduce illegal immigration we must combine border security measures with a crackdown on illegal hiring and worker abuse, an earned legalization component for those hard working immigrants already in the U.S. without immigration status, and a reformed and controlled legal immigration system. This combination is the best way to ensure that we truly get control of our immigration system.”

The current immigration system, which has not been updated for nearly twenty years, continues to keep American citizens and legal residents separated from their spouses, children, siblings, and parents for years or even decades. Updating the family immigration system will promote legal immigration into the country, and reduce pressure on family members to migrate outside of the legal system. “Reuniting families separated by our broken immigration system is a core component of comprehensive immigration reform.