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Poll Roundup: Americans Support Full Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants

In poll after poll, Americans consistently demonstrate they believe allowing the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States to pursue citizenship is a sensible position.  When given a choice, they choose full citizenship for the undocumented over second-class status.  Here are the most recent polls. QUINNIPIAC (February 2013) 56% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT PATH TO … Continue reading »

AFL-CIO Launches Campaign for Immigration Reform: "Road Map to Citizenship is Essential to all of America’s Workers"

Today, leaders from the AFL-CIO hosted a press call to announce their campaign for immigration reform. From the press release: Comprehensive immigration reform with a road map to citizenship is essential to all of America’s workers, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a telephone press conference today, as he an Maria Elena Durazo, chair of … Continue reading »

POLL: February 2013–Quinnipiac

Majority of Americans want path to citizenship; only 10% favor legalization without citizenship. Asked about policy options for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S., 56% say that the undocumented should be allowed to stay in the United States and eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. Thirty percent believe that all undocumented immigrants should be required to leave, … Continue reading »

Permanent Second-Class Status for Immigrants, Endorsed by Raúl Labrador, Bad for Economy and Just Un-American

As we noted earlier, that immigration reform legislation should include a path to citizenship for the 11 million is a view shared by the American people and key players across the political spectrum. The holdouts are some House Republicans. Rep. Raúl Labrador made that clear today, via Elise Foley: Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) warned on Thursday that … Continue reading »

Voices Across Political Spectrum Agree: Citizenship Matters

Citizenship is the mainstream position in the immigration debate.  Despite attempts by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), and others to position earned citizenship as an “extreme” position, the opposite is the case – the burgeoning push for “no citizenship” is the outlier position, outside the American mainstream. According to Frank Sharry, … Continue reading »

Must-Read Articles and Posts On Immigration, February 7, 2012

There’s been intense backlash against creating what Talking Point Memo’s Josh Marshall calls “second class non-citizenship status” — the idea from some House Republicans to prevent citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The consensus across the spectrum is that the path to citizenship is, in fact, the “middle ground.” New York Times (editorial): Immigration and the Middle … Continue reading »

Is Citizenship Extreme?

By Maribel Hastings, Senior Advisor at America’s Voice The House Judiciary Committee’s first hearing on immigration reform clarified that many Republicans are opposed to a clear path to citizenship. Even Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) identified the “question of the day” as whether there was a third way between two “extremes”: mass deportation and citizenship. … Continue reading »

United We Dream Lays Down Markers for Immigration Reform With 20 Point Plan

Here’s the press release from UWD: Today, on a telephonic press conference, immigrant youth leaders with United We Dream released 20 specific policy principles for immigration reform, laying out a common-sense agenda for change and demanding a path to citizenship in less than 7 years without any unreasonable or unfair requirements.  As the immigration reform debate kicks into high … Continue reading »