A recent poll on immigration reform by ABC News and The Washington Post revealed that more than half of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Similar numbers also support stricter border control. However, the cost of border enforcement was a downfall for support.
About 64 percent of Americans supported adding 20,000 border control agents as well as 700 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, ABC reported. However, when respondents were told of the $46 billion price tag, support dropped to 53 percent.
Before mentioning the cost, 84 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of conservatives support increased border security, the results of the survey showed. In the same situations, 56 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of liberals agree there needs to be tougher restrictions along the border.
According to the survey, 55 percent of Americans support a citizenship path for undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. About 77 percent of Hispanics and liberals support a path to citizenship compared to just 49 percent of whites and 36 percent of those who consider themselves very conservative.
Obama Says Immigration Reform Must Include Citizenship Path
President Obama said there can be no immigration reform without a pathway to citizenship, according to CNN.
“It does not make sense to me, if we’re gonna make this once-in-a-generation effort to finally fix the system, to leave the status of 11 million people or so unresolved,” Obama said in an interview with Telemundo in Denver, Colo.
Obama doesn’t want to take a piecemeal approach to immigration saying it needs to be done as a complete package. CNN said the president remains hopeful that legislation will pass once Congress returns from its August recess.