05/11/2011 09:31 am ET | Updated Jul 11, 2011

Immigration Reform: Politicians Question Americans Who Want To Help Illegal Immigrants

Call it the immigration paradox.

For years, in good economic times and bad, polls have consistently found that most Americans believe immigrants who are in the United States illegally should be provided a pathway to legal status if they take steps such as paying a fine or learning English. And yet, no matter how many times pollsters return that verdict, most Republican and Democratic elected officials alike remain convinced that providing illegal immigrants any route to legal status is a losing cause politically.

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