San Diego Union Tribune – Poll: Most Californians would let illegal immigrants stay

Kevin Acee writes on March 10, 2012:

The minds of likely voters in California have hardly changed for years when asked about what should happen to illegal immigrants who live and work in the United States, according to a series of state polls.

Since 2007, nearly two-thirds of respondents have continued to say the undocumented who have worked in the country for at least two years should be allowed to stay, keep their jobs and apply for legal status, the Public Policy Institute of California has found. The figure was 62 percent in the latest poll, which was released Wednesday.

The numbers have remained steady despite the switch from a Republican president to a Democratic one, the Great Recession, many high-profile and strident comments about immigration during the current GOP primary contest, last year’s record number of deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the growing debate about a program in which local police help federal agents screen for undocumented immigrants, and Congress’ repeated rejection of the DREAM Act, which would give certain illegal immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship.  Read more …

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