U.S. Public Split Along Partisan Lines On Many Immigration Issues

The Transatlantic Trends: Immigration 2011 Report has found that Democrats and Republicans disagreed on many immigration issues such as the importance of immigration on lawmakers’ policy agendas and immigration policy options. When asked if they were worried about illegal immigration, 48% of Democrats expressed concern compared to a large majority of Republicans (72%). On whether illegal immigrants should be legalized or forced to return home, 58% of Democrats preferred legalization compared to only 33% of Republicans. Despite these splits, the U.S. public supports the idea of granting legal status to illegal youths who enter college or the U.S. Military, as well as the preservation of birthright citizenship.

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