Majority of Americans Support Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants

The N.Y. Daily News reported today that “More Americans favor than oppose a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who are living in the United States illegally, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

While most Republicans oppose such a path to citizenship, it doesn’t seem to be a deal-breaker issue for them. A majority of Americans — 54% — support a way for immigrants who are already in the country illegally to become citizens, while 44% are opposed. More than seven in 10 Democrats are in favor, while about six in 10 Republicans are opposed.

Still, a significant minority of Republicans — four in 10 — do support a path to citizenship. Four in 10 conservative Republicans and three in 10 Tea Party Republicans favor a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

Six in 10 Americans — including three-quarters of Democrats and nearly half of Republicans — favor providing immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children with a way to stay in the country legally.

The poll shows that action taken last year by President Obama allowing some immigrants to apply for temporary legal status is a particular sticking point for Republicans, with 73% saying they prefer to support someone who would undo those immigration steps.”

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