Friday, February 22, 2013
More than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll
The online survey shows resistance to easing immigration laws despite the biggest push for "reform" in Congress since 2007. Thirty percent of those polled think that most illegal immigrants, with some exceptions, should be deported, while 23% believe that all illegal immigrants should be deported. Only 5% believe that all illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States legally, and 31% want most illegal immigrants to stay. Polls show that most Americans back immigration reform, although they often have different ideas of what that means, with some people favoring looser immigration laws while others want to see greater border security. Attitudes toward immigration are polarized by party, according to another the Reuters/Ipsos poll. Seventy-five percent of Republicans think that all or most immigrants should be deported, compared to 40% of Democrats who think the same.