Americans are divided over President Obama’s recent executive action that allows more unauthorized immigrants to stay and work in the U.S. At the same time, the public continues to support a pathway to legal status for those here illegally.
President Obama’s executive action on immigration, expanding deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, attracted strong public interest last week.
President Obama meets Friday with Republican leaders after their election day victories to talk about cooperation on key issues. We review the public opinion challenges facing both parties in any quest for bipartisanship.
As President Obama considers executive action to delay the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, the public’s priorities for U.S. immigration policy have shifted, with more people favoring a focus on better border security and tougher enforcement of immigration laws.
About half (53%) of Americans think that the U.S. should speed up the legal process for dealing with Central American children who cross the border illegally, while fewer (38%) support staying with the current policy.
Only a minority of Republican voters take a hard-line stance on immigration.
Immigration legislation is stalled in the House, but Americans still broadly support a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants. At the same time, they are divided over the growing number of deportations in recent years.
As House Republicans plan to roll out their own proposals to reform the nation’s immigration system, polls continue to show a majority of Americans support some pathway to legal status for the 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. Roughly-two thirds of Americans favor either a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants (54%) or […]
A summary of where Americans stand on ten key issues likely to come up in President Obama's State of the Union address.