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Poll: Many Say Let Illegal Immigrants Stay in US

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More than 6 in 10 Americans now favor allowing illegal immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens, a major increase in support driven by a turnaround in Republicans' opinions after the 2012 elections.

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Carol H (229)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 5:15 am
noted, thanks Cal

pam w (139)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 6:24 am
There's no SINGLE solution to this problem! I have a young friend who was brought here by her parents when they came illegally. She wasn't even a year old.

She's American in every sense....but has to live "under the radar," because US law wants to send her to a Mexico she's never known.

There MUST be a good solution for this....and, as Obama has proposed, the "Dream Act" would be perfect for her.

Jeannie Fuchs (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 9:01 am
Well.... Thanks for the article

Bob hardly here P (394)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 9:08 am
Thanks Cal

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 12:53 pm
Read and Noted with thanks Cal. This would be a good act for many people separated from loved ones.

. (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 1:09 pm
I cannot help but remember an article on this site which disclosed how through federal loop holes, aliens who were able to secure a Social Security number(??), were writing off 5.6.7. family members living in Mexico, receiving tax refunds of over $10,000.
I;m sorry, something has to be done about this problem; and it's not keeping them in this country.

Gene J (290)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 1:34 pm
This isn't a surprise. Both George W. and Jeb Bush favor it too. It is only the cowardly lion's in the teapublican party who dare not take a position of moral decency without first wetting their finger, sticking it up in the air and checking with their 1% bosses about what they should think. That kind is ALWAYS behind the curve, because they do not do anything without first making sure it is palatable to their owners. The public is always way out in front because they speak from their heart and needn't check with anyone on what position to take on any issue, this one included. They're here, they're not leaving, let's allow them full rights and allow them to contribute above board to our diverse nation as they have been all along, only this time without the fear they live with. It is the right thing to do, which explains, of course, why it is so darn hard for teapublicans to get on board with the public on this issue or most any other you care to name for that matter.

carol k (17)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 1:35 pm
I do not believe this propaganda. it has obama media and his czars all over in it! no true born and adopted citizen of America would agree to this! most likely the polls are from those who are in America Illegally!

donald Baumgartner (6)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 1:37 pm
I agree w/ the poll!!!

Patty B (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 2:43 pm
On the negative side...they work cheaper and will keep wages low. On the plus side they will have tp pay taxes .It is a wash.

Patty B (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 2:45 pm
One thing has to change...their ID. They will use one ID for a group of people and one never knows who they REALLY are. Proper ID is a be finger printed so it will be harder to use fake ID.

Patty B (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 2:47 pm
It is scary to think that an illegal can use fake ID , committ a crime and no one to know who it was.

Billie C (2)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 3:30 pm
if you want to let the kids stay fine then the kids must report their parents and the parents must leave before the kid can stay. the parents committed the crime. no free passes for criminals.
we tried a free pass once before and look where it got us, right back in the same boat.

Yvonne Taylor (37)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 6:31 pm
A lot of nasty folks posted on that article, but hey, none of my family was polled, so can add 8 more names in favor.

Winn A (179)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 6:43 pm

Mitchell D (87)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 6:43 pm
Whoa, carol k., what kind of funny stuff have you been eating?
You might be interested in knowing that Pres, Obama has sent more illegals packing, in the last 4 years, than any progressive, liberal minded person could stomach.
But, from a humanitarian point of view, we, as a country, especially one created by immigrants, the Dream Act sounds like the best thing to come around the mountain in ages.

Lauren Rischel (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 7:32 pm
At the risk of being Politically Incorrect, illegal = criminal. I was born and raised in Los Angeles. All of my forebears came to this country legally, through the immigration system. When my ancestors from Ireland came here, they had to go through the legal immigration system, though the country was being decimated by the Potato Famine. When my Scottish ancestors came here, they had to go through the legal immigration system, though the English evicted them from their land to starve because of the Crofter's Act.

Just because we have a common border with Mexico does not mean sneaking into the United States is a game that if you get in, you suddenly get to be a citizen. Everyone else had to abide by the legal immigration process.

Dave F. (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 7:50 pm
I don’t think anybody is that dense to believe the opinion poll on immigration from the Associated Press/Roper poll? It’s written to deceive as it’s concocted with this wording:

“Do you favor or oppose providing a legal way for illegal immigrants already in the United States to become U.S. citizens?” The fact that the Liberal oriented polls have become one-sided and easily manipulated guaranteeing the correct answer for the open border activists. Many of these polls offer no selection of questions. Such as amnesty or a backdoor amnesty, pathway to citizenship or comprehensive immigration reform that is likely under this Imperial administration? Every American not on the lunatic fringe should speak up—and speak up now. Whatever the true number of foreign invaders we have in this country; not the well preserved illegal alien population numbers that are publicized by the U.S. Census, or other dominions of the U.S. government, especially under the killing economy regime of President Obama. I have about as much trust in Left wing editorial principles, as I do in North Korea’s constant broken treaties. In the last Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey which I am inclined to believe then most mainstream press surveys, the following was observed:

58% Think Federal Government Encourages Illegal Immigration (Last modified: 06/27/2012 10:42 am.) My personal analysis is that if they really wanted to discourage illegal migrants or immigrants, they plop a felony on illegal entry. More voters than ever think that if a woman comes to the United States illegally and gives birth to a child here, that child should be a U.S. citizen. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters share that view, up from September’s previous high of 37%. But 51% still disagree and do not think the child in that situation should be granted citizenship. 41% Think a Child Born in the U.S. to an Illegal Immigrant Should Be a Citizen (Last modified: 12/18/2012 03:03 pm. Most people who vote in these polls are unaware of the financial consequence of every child smuggled through our borders or past immigration officers in airline entry ports. Once here the parent or parents can apply for free health treatments, such as $100.000 dollar dialysis annually, while real Americans go without. A very crisp example is the terrible fiscal pressure the once golden state of California is suffering? Everybody who wants a good read of the Liberal political turmoil in California will be struck by the illegal alien invasion at by Steve Frank’s.

His is an all seeing-eye of the corruption associated with this once great state. read a report by Michael D. Andronovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor who lays out a lengthy truth of the costs in this metropolis of 1.6 billion dollars annually, while the Nevada annual fiscal burden of immigration to be approximately $630 million. Then Arizona's illegal immigrant population is costing the state's taxpayers even more than once originally thought and now revised, to a whopping $2.7 billion a year. It is estimated that U.S. taxpayers spend $12,000,000,000 a year on primary and secondary school education for the children of illegal immigrants. But then every state is committed to by federal law along Southern border is unexaggerated with costs in the BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR. The child gets a free education and now under Obama and his Liberal Progressive czars, a passport of the DREAM ACT, that allows in some states to issue drivers license and free tuition in a public college. In another Rasmussen report 63% Oppose Driver’s Licenses, Public Benefits for Illegal Immigrants Who Get Work Permits and 56% Put Border Control First (Last modified: 08/12/2012 09:07 am).

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters think gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living here. Thirty-five percent (35%) put legalizing the status of undocumented workers first. Most voters continue as they have for years to put border control ahead of legalizing the illegal immigrants already in this country. 57% Favor Strict Sanctions on Those businesses that Hire Illegal Immigrants. Last modified: 08/10/2012 02:35 pm.

The massive majority might have voted for the tenant to occupy the White House for another 4 years, but I believe many of the citizens (not non-citizens who voted in the general election, without prosecution) need to investigate the outrageous predicament balanced on the edge of a financial meltdown. Of course if you are a “Sponger” who has never held a job, and has learned to work the system like illegal aliens with stolen Social Security numbers, then you could care less about America’s future. But Americans have sway over the incompetence that will condemn this once great country. We have become too tolerant to illegal aliens—not true honest, legal immigrants and its costing taxpayers big. REAL BIG! They are stealing us blind and the corruption in Washington does nothing. Senators as Harry Reid, needs to be moved from his seat in a wheelchair and put out to pasture. It’s not those in Washington who runs the accursed place, but the special interest lobbyists who have all the money to buy special treatment?

Get on the phone and call your favorite Senator or House Representative and demand a small amendment to the Birthright citizenship act. This was for the descendants of slave, giving them citizenship status, not just anybody who deceives immigration agents. Call Rep. Steve Kings (R-Iowa) office (Phone: 202.225.4426) and see what you can accomplish as a patriotic American? He wrote a bill to stop the TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS we are spending on making illegal aliens comfortable? A simple and easy change in the “BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP (H.R. 140), will make it mandatory that one parent to be a citizen, before a smuggle newborn/ or infant can claim citizenship. Same can be said for Sen. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) bill to (Phone: 202-225-4236) “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” (H.R. 2164) to eliminate unauthorized labor in the workplace or who has remained undetected for years.


Want honest and factual answers then go to Judicial Watch or NumbersUSA.

. (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 7:57 pm
This is a very complex issue. About 204,000 parents with children that are citizens were deported within roughly the last year. This left thousands of kids in our foster care system. Also, they have spent about $18B for ICE to go through the criminalization and deportation process over the years. Congress needs to do something, but there is no blanket solution.

Billie C (2)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 8:15 pm
ship any kids of illegals back with their parents. if the kids are citizens they can prove that after they become adults and apply to come back in. there is no reason to leave the kids behind. they shouldn't be citizens anyway since their parents weren't.

Diane O (194)
Friday January 25, 2013, 3:00 am
Billie, what I don't understand is WHY.....why would a person spill over into our country without obeying our laws by doing the necessary paperwork? What kind of person does that? My research has shown me that it is much harder to become a citizen of Mexico than it is to be a taxpaying citizen of the Us.

I don't know what the answer is for the illegal families that are here and have raised their children here as Americans. It would seem to me that breaking the law for all of these years should have consequences. Why would they not do the right thing by applying for citizenship in the US?

Our prisons are filled with "risk takers."

It's also a mystery to me why this administration isn't putting our returning vets on our borders. They need jobs and who is better qualified than our vets to man our borders? We need to be doing something to keep the illegals OUT of our country otherwise we are like a dog chasing his tail.

Felicita Luna (208)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:24 am
That poll can't be trusted..pfft what a bunch of lies. People will think of anything to keep the hate against Latinos alive!

Felicita Luna (208)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:26 am
First off many Puerto Ricans are being listed as immigrants so why should they be given permission to stay if they are already Americans.??

Felicita Luna (208)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:32 am
I was born and raised in America however some corrupt public servants thought it would be ok to change the Country where I was born and now my family has been disenfranchised from participation in all American activities.

Felicita Luna (208)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:34 am
I am American and never committed any crimes however I can't vote, travel, drive a car, own property , etc....

Felicita Luna (208)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:46 am
I call BS on this as well. I am an American born and raised however some public servants changed my Birth records to reflect that I was born in Puerto Rico and because of that my family has been totally disenfranchised. I can't vote, I can't get my I.D. I can't drive or get a job and I can't travel, I am a prisoner in my own home and never have i committed a crime. almost 20 years living this way. How many other Americans are listed as immigrants? I would sure love to know!!!

Felicita Luna (208)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:48 am
I won't respond to your comment John because it's very obvious that you don't know what your talking about.

Matt B (8)
Friday January 25, 2013, 6:58 am
It is insane to want to allow criminals to stay in our country. It is even more insane to reward their criminal behavior. Living in America as a foreigner is a privilege not a right. Citizenship is sacred birthright and should not be handed out like Halloween candy to anyone who rings our national doorbell. For someone seeking citizenship from the outside, there is a process, a process designed to protect our country and put forth our country's best interests. What's best for Jesus is not necessarily what's good for America. There is no right to American citizenship. We have not only a right, but a duty to carefully screen both who we let visit, who let live here, and who we offer citizenship to. Our country our rules. Each and every last illegal should be rounded up and kicked backed to their point of origin. This can be done, and more importantly should be done. Anyone who illegally invaded the United States as a consequence of that crime should be forever barred from gaining citzenship here.

Thomas P (280)
Friday January 25, 2013, 9:56 am
Noted. I don't know where those who claim that "criminals" shouldn't stay in America, but the facts are as follows. Undocumented workers commit crimes at a much lower rate than the general population. They are here because they not only want to improve their lives, but the overwhelming majority of them perform services and do jobs that other Americans just won't do. The overwhelming majority are the salt of the earth. They are the 20th and 21st century slaves in many instances, exploited by their employers (who created and proliferated this issue in the first place). Moreover, since this may come as a shock to some, let's inject some more fact into this discussion. Anyone born in Puerto Rico is a citizen of the United States. Period. We need to move forward as a country and not only create a path to citizenship for undocumented workers, but an expeditious one (and that includes the expediting of citizenship for many who are here on work visas and are not undocumented but still haven't been granted citizenship) . Felicita L...well said...I so agree with you. I pray that you and your family will be granted the status you deserve and continue to honor us with your presence and your citizenship. Bless you and your family always.

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Friday January 25, 2013, 7:04 pm
If they are gainfully employed/and or educated and speak the native language of the nation(english).

jo M. (3)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 12:37 am
Haven't they always had the opportunity to do it the right way? Let them get in the back of the line and wait just like everybody else has to. No more amnesties for those who choose to sneak across the border like thieves in the night. Send them packing. Any young person even considered for the Dream Act should be either serving in the military, going to college or holding down a good job.

Lori Udenberg (3)
Monday January 28, 2013, 7:55 pm
The word illegal means it is criminal all this does is reward people for breaking the laws.If they want to be citizens they need to do it the legal way through the proper channels.
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