Despite the national focus on immigration reform, a Reuters/Ipsos survey released this week indicates that Americans are not warming up to the idea of easing the country’s immigration laws. The survey results show that 53 percent of Americans want all or most illegal immigrants to be deported.
While 30 percent of respondents believe that most illegal immigrants should be deported, 23 percent think that all illegal immigrants should be deported; 31 percent said most illegal immigrants should be allowed to remain in the country legally.
Forty percent of Democrats said all or some illegal immigrants should be deported, while 75 percent of Republicans expressed the same sentiment.
Reuters puts the results in context:
These results are in line with other polls in recent years, suggesting that people’s views on immigration have not changed dramatically since the immigration debate reignited in Congress last month, according to Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.
“It’s not Americans’ views that are shifting. It is that the political climate is ripe for this discussion,” after the November election when Hispanics voted overwhelmingly in favor of Democratic President Barack Obama, she said.
“Democrats feel that the time is right to capitalize on their wins and Republicans feel that they had a bad blow and are eager to reach out to Hispanics,” she added.
The recently proposed Senate plan calls for a full path to citizenship for illegal immigrants after meeting various requirements, such as paying a fine or back taxes and “waiting in line.”