The New York Times published a poll this week that only 30% of Americans would like to see the twelve million illegally present immigrants in the US deported. And 65% would like to see them legalized either on a temporary basis or given a path to eventual citizenship. In fact, while the number wanting to see legalization dropped by one percent since the same question was asked in late 2007, a significantly higher percentage polled preferred a path to citizenship versus temporary status. For all of those saying that the public won't accept legalization during a severe economic downturn, the numbers just don't back that up. The antis just don't seem to get that Americans are instinctively pro-immigration and don't view the subject strictly in economic terms.
Here is the actual polling result:
Which comes closest to your view regarding illegal immigrants who are currently working in the US? 1. They should be allowed to stay in their jobs and eventually apply for US citizenship; or 2. They should be allowed to stay in their jobs only as temporary guestworkers, but NOT allowed to apply for US citizenship; or 3. They should required to leave their jobs and leave the US.
Stay and Stay as Required to leave DK/NA
apply for citzenship guestworkers jobs and US
12/5-9/07 38 28 28 6
4/22-26/09 44 21 30 5