Virtually Everyone Favors a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants


This is really a helluva mystery. A new Gallup poll shows that 87 percent of Americans favor a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are currently in the country. Only 12 percent oppose it. So where’s the opposition to comprehensive immigration reform coming from? I realize that intensity of feeling matters, but it doesn’t matter much when the opposition is so minuscule. If Gallup’s numbers are right, even a majority of tea partiers favor a path to citizenship.

So what’s going on here? Why are House Republicans apparently feeling so much pressure over this?

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