March 22, 2007


Public Still Supports Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants (Joseph Carroll, 3/14/07, GALLUP NEWS SERVICE)

The March 2-4, 2007, USA Today/Gallup Poll updated a question asked several times last year that measured Americans' preferences for the handling of illegal immigrants already in the country:

Which comes closest to your view about what government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States? Should the government -- [ROTATED: deport all illegal immigrants back to their home country, allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States in order to work, but only for a limited amount of time, or allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States and become U.S. citizens, but only if they meet certain requirements over a period of time]?

Given these three options, the majority of Americans, 59%, support the government allowing illegal immigrants to remain in this country and eventually become U.S. citizens if they meet certain requirements. Fifteen percent of Americans support allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the country to work for a limited period of time. About one in four Americans, 24%, say all illegal immigrants should be deported back to their home countries.

Across the four polls on which Gallup has asked this question since the illegal immigration controversy heated up last spring, most Americans have consistently supported the idea of allowing illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens after meeting certain requirements.

People who imagine Americans would feel otherwise must think their fellow citizens monsters.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2007 4:10 PM

24% is more than supported the American revolutionaries.

Posted by: says you at March 22, 2007 9:33 PM

Yes, but the 76% are the democrats in Iraq, unlike here.

Posted by: oj at March 23, 2007 6:14 AM
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