Majority of Americans Support Citizenship for Undocumented

A recent survey released December 6 by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut found that 57 percent of registered U.S. voters support undocumented immigrants’ right to apply for American citizenship. Similarly, 70 percent of voters reported to the same survey that they felt Deferred Action for “DREAMers,” the program that offers a 2-year postponement of deportation to allow young undocumented individuals obtain work permits, is a step in the right direction.

Between 2007 and 2011, the number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States fell to an estimated 11.1 million from 12 million. According to ABC News, there was an influx of undocumented immigrants during the 1990s and early 2000s when the economy was strong, and children brought over during that time have since entered adulthood.

Of all undocumented immigrants, 55 percent migrate from Mexico. Fewer immigrants are entering the country because of the slow economy and others have left because of recession, according to ABC. Many individuals worked in construction, and due to the lack of new real estate, they found it challenging to find jobs.

According to Fox News, the Quinnipiac survey noted a margin of error of 2.2 percent, and also stated there is a group of 11 percent of registered voters who believe immigrants should have a right to stay in the county, but not to apply for citizenship.

“Americans don’t want to deport undocumented people. They have some doubts about what should be the definitive solution, but they are very clear on this,” Peter Brown, the assistant to the director of the Quinnipiac Survey Center, said during a presentation.

During the election, the Hispanic community vigorously backed Barack Obama because of his stance on the issue. The record-setting number of Hispanics that voted has put a spotlight on immigration reform, and has provoked many people from both political parties to create an efficient path to citizenship.

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