Voters by a wide margin of 73 percent for and just 21 percent against support legislation that would allow Dreamers to stay in the US legally — including 49 percent of Republicans in favor compared to 40 percent who oppose it, a new poll said Thursday.
But voters by a margin of 49 percent to 39 percent oppose a bill that combines protection for Dreamers with funding a wall on the Mexican border, the Quinnipiac survey said.
Republicans support The Wall/Dreamer combination bill by 54 percent to 29 percent, while Democrats oppose it by a 62 percent to 29 percent margin.
Dreamers are people who were brought to the US illegally as children, but were protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Overall, American voters have positive views on immigration, saying by a margin of 89 percent to 7 percent that legal immigration is good for the US.
And by a margin of 76 percent to 16 percent they believe that an immigrant’s country of origin shouldn’t make a difference when it comes to coming to America.
“While Washington roils over what formula will bring sense to the raucous and ugly immigration debate, voters put it simply: Dreamers should be allowed to live the dream,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.
“Where you come from is irrelevant, says a welcoming nation that sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities, for a country built on people looking for a better life.”
Voters also support by 87 percent to 9 percent “increasing federal spending for roads, bridges, mass transit and other infrastructure,” the survey said.
Source: NY Post (Bob Fredericks)
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