Gallup: Large Majorities Support Immigration Reforms

Feb 6, 2013

Mexican farm worker weeds around irrigation pipes, San Joaquin Valley, CA. Richard Thornton / Shutterstock.com.

Here are two items on immigration reform.

First, a Gallup poll found that there’s significant public support for a number of pieces that could be part of comprehensive immigration reform:

At least two-thirds of Americans favor each of five specific measures designed to address immigration issues -- ranging from 68% who would vote for increased government spending on security measures and enforcement at U.S. borders, to 85% who would vote for a requirement that employers verify the immigration status of all new hires. More than seven in 10 would vote for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants now living in this country.

Second, Forum for Innovation scholar, Nick Schulz has a unique take on the immigration debate with an analogy:

America is like the trendy nightclub with a line outside the door and down the block with people shivering in the cold hoping to get past the velvet rope. But unlike the hip nightspot, that might lose its allure after six months and when tastes change, America never seems to go out of style: people have been wanting to come to America for centuries and continue to do so.

Judging from the Gallup poll, if there’s a good bouncer at the door, a majority of Americans want our trendy nightclub to continue to be a welcoming place.

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