Most Americans agree on immigration-reform approach, but differ on timing
Three-quarters of Americans believe any legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for legal status also should provide for increased border security.
Border Security Timing a Dividing Line in Immigration Debate
While the public broadly supports a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, it is divided over one of the most contentious issues in Congress – whether border security must be achieved before the process of legalization can go forward.
Half of Americans who are knowledgeable about immigration bill support it
People who are relatively knowledgeable about the immigration bill favor the legislation by 50% to 33%.
Most Say Immigration Policy Needs Overhaul
While 73% say there should be a way for illegal immigrants already in the U.S. who meet certain requirements to stay, fewer than half (44%) favor allowing those here illegally to apply for U.S. citizenship and 25% think permanent legal status is more appropriate.
Public Undecided On New Immigration Bill
Much of the public has yet to form an opinion about the immigration bill and most Americans do not think the bill would have a major impact on the nation’s economy or security. Overall, the debate over immigration policy has drawn little public attention.
Most Support Legal Status for Illegal Immigrants
Most Americans say unauthorized immigrants should be allowed to stay, but there is less agreement on whether they should be able to apply for U.S. citizenship.
If No Deal is Struck, Four-in-Ten Say Let the Sequester Happen
After a series of fiscal crises over the past few years, the public is not expressing a particular sense of urgency over the pending March 1 sequester deadline.
Immigration Q&A: Pew Research Data on Public Opinion and the Immigrant Population
Will Conservative Talkers Take on Immigration Reform?
Nearly six years after the U.S. Senate defeated President George W. Bush’s immigration policy overhaul, there is another major legislative effort to change the nation’s immigration system.
U.S. Immigrant Population Continues to Grow
The nation’s immigrant population reached a record 40.4 million in 2011, while the number of unauthorized immigrants has declined from a 2007 peak of 12 million.