A new poll by the National Journal showed that 60 percent of Republicans favor passing the Senate’s immigration reform bill. Included in the Senate’s legislation is a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S., generally something most Republicans reject.
According to the poll, 18 percent want to pass the bill as is and that number jumps an additional 42 percent when tougher border security is added to the bill. Approximately 32 percent want to pass the Senate’s bill without citizenship or to do nothing about immigration at all.
In the bill that passed the Senate, immigrants already living in the U.S. illegally would have the opportunity to become citizens after 13 years, however, they must first pay a fine and learn to speak English.
When counting the national response regardless of political party, 59 percent want the Senate’s bill to pass as is or with added border security provisions. Only 13 percent of Americans want any legislation to pass without a pathway to citizenship, according to the National Journal.
The poll was different from others offered to Americans because it included options more than just choosing whether or not citizens support immigration reform. According to the National Journal, Republicans want Congress to do something about immigration.
There may be some good news that the House is listening to their voters when Speaker John Boehner hinted at the possibility of reaching an agreement on the issue, according to Politico. He said he thinks immigration legislation will pass in the House before Congress begins to tackle the debt ceiling.
“We’re going to continue to work in a common-sense, step-by-step way,” Boehner told reporters at the Capitol. “How we proceed down the road, we’re going to have to make those decisions. This is a tricky path to do this correctly and we can’t have real immigration reform if we don’t first secure our borders.”