Majority of Americans back WH path to citizenship for illegal immigrants

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 07:50 hrs

Majority of Americans have agree with the White House's second-term plan to focus on comprehensive immigration reform that allows illegal immigrants to have a pathway to citizenship to stay in the country, according to a new poll.

The CNN Poll found that 53 percent of Americans want the federal government to focus on developing a plan to allow illegal immigrants to become legal residents.

The poll found that 43 percent Americans want the federal government to focus on deporting them.

According to Politico, that's a dramatic reversal from two years ago, when 55 percent of Americans wanted the focus on deportation. Then, only 42 percent wanted a way for immigrants to stay here permanently.

Obama has pledged to pursue a major immigration overhaul in the first year of his second term, which began on Monday.

The bill would likely include a pathway to legal citizenship for illegal immigrants, increased border enforcement and a plan to allow more high-tech workers into the country, the report added. (ANI)

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