New Poll Reveals Majority of Americans Favor Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants
In a current poll conducted by the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey Americans seem to lean and advocate an immigration reform plan that permits undocumented people to petition for a legal status. The poll shows an astonishing 52 percent supporting an immigration reform plan, while a 46 percent are against it.
When the same question was asked back in 2007 the results were different from the current polls. The polls from 2007 show a 51 percent of Americans that are opposed to undocumented immigrants obtaining legal status.
For the first time in years, the majority number of Americans begin to support an immigration reform plan. These new polls demonstrate that more Americans are supporting and pushing for an immigration reform plan.
According to the Hart Research Associates/Public Opinion Strategies 63 percent of people affirm that they support an immigration reform plan that will lead to a path to citizenship.
President Obama and Sen. Marco Rubio both search for ways to push an immigration reform, their plans are similar but differ a key area.
President Obama plan is expected to push an immigration reform plan that gives undocumented immigrants the chance to earn full citizenship. However, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has released a plan that will allow undocumented immigrants to apply for legal status but not obtain citizenship.
In both President Obama's and Senator Marco Rubio's immigration reform plan they will include requirements such as passing a criminal background check, paying fines and back taxes and learning English.
Granting all this, there are some on the Right wing of the GOP who cringe at the idea of any type of immigration reform and seemingly dismiss the problem completely while opposing any form of citizenship for the undocumented immigrant. Yet, the polls reveal that even more Americans support immigration reform, and a higher percentage are seeking a path to citizenship for the undocumented immigrant. The question about immigration reform will have to be addressed one way or another.