According to a recent poll conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, 63 percent of Americans are in favor of creating a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
That public support stretches across a broad swath of the American public, with solid majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents all voicing their belief that such a change should be made to existing law.
There were several interesting findings presented in the PRRI report. Overall, support for immigration reform could be found in all parts of the country across almost every group that was surveyed.
Residents of key electoral states like Florida, Ohio and Arizona all showed support for the measures, with about 60 percent of the people in each of those states saying they were pro-reform. That sentiment was echoed by people who identified themselves as Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical.
One of the most interesting findings was that the public is fairly evenly split, and slightly leaning against, an emphasis on heightened border security, especially considering that pending legislation would require a $46 billion investment in more border security guards and fencing over the next decade.
Popular approval should pressure Congressional action
As polls continue to show that a growing majority of the country is in favor of immigration reform, it will be harder for Congress to ignore the issue. The PRRI poll comes on the heels of a renewed effort by both Obama Administration officials, including the president himself, and private lobbying groups to force some sort of legislative action as soon as possible.
The president is spending the early part of the week of Nov. 24 on the West Coast, where he will be holding fundraisers and speaking about immigration reform. Among the topics on his agenda will be a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.