Polls Show Majority Of Americans Support Providing Legal Residency To Undocumented Immigrants

Reaffirming his support for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, President Obama said during his inaugural address, “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity.” And based on recent polls, Americans agree with the president’s immigration reform push.

Most recently, a new SEIU/America’s Voice poll shows that 73 percent of people polled support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants over deportation. The latest poll from the Associated Press-GfK found that 62 percent of Americans favor allowing undocumented immigrants to eventually become citizens, up from about 50 percent in 2010. Much of the increase in support comes from Republicans, with 53 percent of Republicans surveyed saying they back the idea.

And the latest CNN poll shows that 53 percent of people surveyed said the federal government should have a plan that allows undocumented immigrants to become legal residents. Two years ago, though, 55 percent reported that deporting undocumented immigrants should be the government’s focus. The CNN poll mirrors the findings of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released last week.

Providing a road map to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. would have sweeping benefits for the nation, especially the economy. The sign polls continue to show that a majority of Americans support this policy should be a clear message to congressional leaders that they need to act on an immigration reform bill that creates a path to citizenship.