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Memo to Mike Coffman: What Voters Want on Immigration is the Opposite of What You’re Proposing

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New Fox News Poll Shows Voters Want a Path to Citizenship Over Status Quo By 3 to 1 Margin

At yesterday’s first debate in Colorado’s competitive CD-6 race, Republican incumbent Mike Coffman told the audience that he did not support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. A new poll out today from Fox News shows what a risky position that is for Rep. Coffman. Voters were asked to pick between only a path to citizenship or no Congressional action at all and 65 percent chose citizenship, with 56 percent of Republicans favoring citizenship over nothing.

“Mike Coffman can practice all the Spanish he wants, but that will not change the fact that he and his House colleagues are responsible for perpetuating a broken status quo,” said Patty Kupfer, Denver-based Managing Director of America’s Voice.  “Voters want solutions, but Coffman and his fellow Republicans have calculated that inaction and obstruction are better than action on broad immigration reform.  It’s now up to the President to take steps in the coming weeks to do what he can within his existing legal authority to provide a way out of the shadows for millions of hardworking families.”

In the wake of Republican obstruction and inaction on immigration reform in Congress, the case for President to take executive action continues to build and strengthen.  And as new polling from Fox News underscores, people much prefer bold action over the status quo when it comes to the plight of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.

Here’s more on the new poll from Fox News reporter Dana Blanton:

By a more than three-to-one margin, voters would pick immigration reform that only includes a pathway to citizenship over no Congressional action at all — if those were the only two options on the table.

A new Fox News poll finds 65 percent of voters prefer legislation that only focuses on creating a pathway for certain illegal immigrants if that’s the only action Congress takes on immigration this year.

That’s three times the number who would prefer Congress ‘do nothing at all’ over only dealing with the illegal immigrants already here (20 percent).

And here’s something novel — there’s a generous amount of bipartisan agreement on the issue: 76 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Republicans say something is better than nothing on immigration reform. (And 60 percent of independents agree.)