A recent poll from USA Today/Pew Research Center found that many U.S. citizens are unaware of the number of immigrants currently in the United States compared to 10 years ago. President Barack Obama is pushing for a conclusive immigration reform amendment before the summer break, which would provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship for those individuals living here illegally.
The poll found that 55 percent of people believe the number of immigrants who enter the country illegally has increased, while 27 percent believe it is the same and 15 percent say the number has decreased. Individuals who live closer to the border between the U.S. and Mexico were more likely to say that the number has gone down.
Immigration reform passed through the Senate with a 67-27 vote June 24, according to a separate report from USA Today. The bill will now go through the House of Representatives, which is expected to pose some resistance.
“When you have something that has this much impact, you need to get people on board in a bipartisan way to really make it work,” John Hoeven, R-N.D., told USA Today. “We recognize that some people just aren’t going to support the legislation. We understand and respect that. But we’re trying to solve the problem we hope in a way that people feel works.”
USA Today reported that the Pew Hispanic Center calculated the number of immigrants who illegally came to the U.S. and found that the number peaked in 2007 and declined through 2011. After the economy down-turned, fewer people migrated from Mexico because of the lack of job opportunities available in the United States. The poll was taken between June 12 and 16, and included 1,512 adults.