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Emerging Consensus on Immigration

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A new survey by the nonpartisan Public Religion Institute shows growing consensus on immigration, even as Congress stalls on reform. A stunning 77 percent support a path to legal residency or citizenship for immigrants currently living in the U.S. illegally. Sixty percent of Republicans and 73 percent of Democrats back pathways to citizenship. Only 18 percent of voters endorsed “tough enforcement strategies to identify and deport” illegals.

Meanwhile, seven in ten said the 13-year-wait for citizenship under the reform bill passed by the Senate was “too long” and another 24 percent called it “just right.” Less than five percent wanted the undocumented to wait even longer. With numbers like these, it’s obvious we’ll get sweeping immigration reform sooner or later. The question for conservatives is whether we’ll play a constructive role in shaping it, or marginalize our movement by fighting all changes

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  1. Jim Gibler  •  Dec 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    What survey? Who was notified about this survey?? Anybody here illegally should be deported!!

    • concerned american  •  Jul 14, 2014 at 1:10 am

      We are appalled at the flooding of illegal immigrants crossing our borders. A plan should be devised to deal humanely with them, but not at the expense of the health and welfare of American citizens/ American children, who will be exposed to an entire new range of diseases; some unable to be effectively treated, like antibiotic resistant tb.

      I was severely damaged by a dr. and went into the SS office. I was the ONLY American in a roomful of people. I was denied. My family & I have not been able to afford quality health care, yet illegals get everything paid for, courtesy of money forcibly taken from our paychecks.

      I have a friend who is a nurse, who has been unable to afford having children, yet she has to care for illegal immigrants who have everything paid for, and bear child after child.

      Friends of a relative had their son killed in a car wreck with an illegal immigrant, who was not held accountable. They were two of the most broken people I’d ever met.

      This is the apex of insanity. This president is behaving like a dictator, and needs to be removed from office.

      This is a CRISIS – the magnitude of far-reaching effects we will not see for some time. It’s like handing terrorists a free pass into our country. Let Obama or one of his children have their leg blown off like what happened in Massachusetts, if he wants to play fast and loose with his ill-conceived policies.

      This man is not fit to rule, and needs to be removed immediately. He is endangering American citizens, and our safety is an inalienable right, that he, nor any other power-hungry politician has the right to infringe upon.

  2. Elwin Redfern  •  Dec 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I agree with Sean Hannity and other conservatives. that the borders should be enforced first. Then we can talk about the 11 or 12 million illegal aliens becoming citizens or having proper work documents.

  3. jguy  •  Dec 23, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Like Michael Medved I believe the McCain plan of yesteryear was the right way to go
    for immigration…..but we didnt go there. I would like to see a version of that plan
    be revisited which I believe it will under President Obama…..of course the teasippers
    will probably call it OBAMNISSTY…or some such….but it would move the game
    ahead which is needed much like the largly republican health care plan that now is
    known as OBAMACARE. Michael…they will probably marginalize your movement.

  4. mark  •  Dec 26, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Immigration is like issuing free stock shares. It hurts the share holders. It guarantees a lower p/e and a lower yield. I don’t mind illegal aliens hanging around, but I sure don’t want the diluting my shares, of this country, by becoming citizens. Anyone who thinks free immigration is good for America’s citizens is still living in the 20th century.

    • mark  •  Dec 26, 2013 at 8:36 am

      correction: it guarantees a “Higher” p/e. : I sure don’t want “them” diluting my shares

  5. jguy  •  Dec 31, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Mark, I do agree that “free shares” are bad…..especially if you give them to criminals…like
    immigrants who illegally come here and end up in prison for breaking our laws…for them we
    need special harsh punishment….BUT…it seems to me that one of the beauties of this land
    is our amazing diversity. We are traditionally a place of HOPE for many people around the
    world and I dont want to see that ever end even if it means diluting my shares. Countries
    who are introverted and too protective of their shares tend to stagnate and wilt…..we need a
    balance.. I believe the McCain bill of yesteryear went toward that balance….I hope the
    President and Senator McCain can get together and resurrect some version of it….but it
    seems unlikely.

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