Over half of US citizens support deportation for illegal immigrants

Published:  21 Feb at 6 PM
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According to a recent poll, a majority of US citizens support deportation for all illegal immigrants.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll, released earlier this week, highlights the problems faced by the US government as it attempts to reform its immigration laws. The poll revealed that a majority of Americans are in favour of deportation for the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants.

In spite of the strongest push to reform the immigration system for six years, the online survey demonstrates that there is considerable resistance to the proposed changes. 30 per cent of those surveyed believe that, with only a few exceptions, all illegal immigrants should be forced to leave, with 23 percent saying all should go.

On the brighter side, 31 per cent are happy to have most illegal immigrants stay, although only 5 per cent of respondents stated all illegals should be allowed to remain. Worryingly, the results resemble those of similar polls over several years, suggesting that the population’s views on immigration haven’t shifted.

Ipsos pollster Julia Clark told Reuters that, although Americans’ views seem fixed, the present time is the right time politically to open the discussion. She sees the success of the crucial Hispanic vote in last November’s presidential election as a call to begin the discussion process.

Politically, she adds, the Democrat Party is seeking to capitalise on their gains, whilst the Republicans are looking to reach out to Hispanics for obvious reasons. The survey indicated that the majority of US citizens are backing immigration reform of some sort, but that there are many different interpretations of the term.
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