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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

POLL: 80% OF AMERICANS READY FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

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Despite regular statements by pundits that lawmakers can't move an immigration reform bill in the middle of a recession, several recent polls show the public not only is ready, but that support for reform has actually been INCREASING. I've blogged on recent ABC/Washington Post and CBS/NY Times polls and yesterday I listened in on a media conference call hosted by the pro-immigration advocacy group America's Voice that featured Pete Brodnitz of the firm Benenson Strategy Group and Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners who discussed their recent public opinion research. Benenson's firm has done recent polling on the subject and Lake's firm has been conducting focus groups.





The data shows that the public overwhelmingly rejects mass deportations and other enforcement-only approaches. Rather, most people want to see broad legalization tied in to the creation of a system that brings back an orderly US immigration system. According to Brodnitz,





Swing voters, such as those undecided on the 2010 Congressional race, overwhelmingly favor a comprehensive approach to immigration reform, with more than 8 in 10 supporting comprehensive reform, and argue that we would be better off if illegal immigrants became legal taxpayers and paid their fair share. Swing voters want to create a level playing field for all workers and honest businesses that are being undercut by unscrupulous businesses violating labor and tax laws.





Lake Research Partners made a similar finding. According to Lake, "the economy and all the other urgent problems currently facing the country have put voters into a more solution oriented frame of mind, continuing their receptiveness to comprehensive immigration reform." Furthermore, Lake notes"In this economy, voters are very focused on finding solutions to our problems. They support comprehensive immigration reform as a practical, common-sense solution and have no patience for politicians who want to point fingers and score points rather than fix the problem."

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  1. Jim's Avatar
    I think there is a real momentum for CIR. If CIR can't be done this year, then I really don't know when will be the next window of opportunity.

    I feel the same way for health care reform. I think it will be make or break but I'm leaning towards something will be done as it seems that the sustainability of the US economy in the future will depend partly on lowering health care costs.

    These are all just my humble opinions, of course.

  2. gg's Avatar
    I hope bluedog democrats are reading these polls. This group is the most unpredictable..
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    Good News!!
  4. AD's Avatar
    Sorry but I disagree. Obama government does not have any incentive to do the CIR because GOP is touting itself as the angry old white male party. Most of the Hispanics will not vote for GOP and Many will simply vote for Dems out of that hatred towards GOP and some will chose not to vote.

    We dont know whether the supreme court pick was a bone but it sure seems that president has scored a lot of points with the Hispanic community. After all, this is the first latina and she is going to be on the court for as long as she wants. What else you need to not to make enemies with the Hispanic community if you end up not doing CIR

    Senate place holder is S9. Do you guys think the health care and other important bills will all get done this year. I dont think so.

    Finally, there is Guitirezz and the CHC which will root for all or none. There is not a single common sense leader who will rise up to Guitierrez and reduce his ask. He will continue to be the road block because neither he nor the Dem party is in the risk of losing hispanics.

    It will happen if the GOP makes a strategic shift on immigration as a party and threatens the Dems. You know how easy it is Enough said!
  5. Legal_Alien_from_Roswell's Avatar
    FInally! the clouds are clearing for the CIR, its going to happen and get through this year for sure!
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