A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University and released by NBC reported that seven out of ten registered voters do not have high hopes for immigration reform. The majority said that a comprehensive immigration reform bill will not pass this summer. However, Democrats and Hispanics, according to the poll, are more optimistic about the future of immigration reform, with two-thirds saying that the bill could pass at the end of the summer. Furthermore, 54 percent of voters said that immigrants without citizenship who already live in the United States should have the opportunity to stay in the country and eventually gain citizenship.
This poll comes in the wake of unrest about border security and the state of the immigration bill. Many are concerned over comments made by Sen. Marco Rubio,R-FL, about the immigration bill. He recently said that the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” legislation would need to undergo a few changes in order for it to pass in the House of Representatives. Supporters of the bill question whether Rubio is really behind the legislation that he helped write and bring through the Senate.
While fixing the country’s broken immigration system is at the top of the Senate and House agendas right now, there is still a long way to go to figure out what will happen in terms of an equal path to citizenship. Rubio said that it’s best for Congress to decide the fate of important issues like border security.
“What people are saying is, we don’t trust the Department of Homeland Security to come up with a good border plan, we don’t trust the Department of Homeland Security to come up with a good fencing plan, and so maybe the alternative is to have the Congress do that,” Rubio told ABC. “The point is that needs to happen. That is the lynchpin of whether this will work or not.”