Majority of United States Supports Providing a Pathway to Citizenship
There’s a lot of buzz right now about immigration in the United States, as a new immigration reform package is expected to be revealed in the coming days, a new poll has found that 64 per cent of Americans support giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship if they already have a job in the United States.
According to the poll, which was conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, 35 per cent of Americans oppose the idea while 29 per cent strongly support it.
However, most Americans (76 per cent) would be in favour of the idea if those immigrants had to pass a security check, pay back taxes and meet some other requirements before doing so.
What’s holding back immigration reform?
While the new United States immigration reform package is set to be announced shortly, determining whether to secure the borders first and then offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants or do it the other way around has been a major stumbling block for the process.
As per the poll, just over half of Americans say that the undocumented immigrants should obtain their citizenship in five years, while 12 per cent said 10 years and 18 per cent said they should get it immediately. As for the border, only 18 per cent of Americans think that the border is mostly secure, while 25 per cent think it is not secure and 38 per cent said it is mostly not secure.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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